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Akbayan supports the government, especially the Department of Health, in its efforts to heed our call for mass testing through the approval of the locally developed antigen-based testing kits and the expansion of testing facilities outside of the National Capital Region. These measures will provide a better approximation of the magnitude of the pandemic and allow the various stakeholders to make evidence-informed decisions with due consideration to the context.
The efforts to ramp up the conversion of public spaces into quarantine facilities is in line with our proposed strategy of identify, isolate, and treat. Considering the trend of new cases being reported daily, the capacity of these facilities will soon be maxed out. We need the local government units (LGU) to augment these quarantine facilities by setting up local community-based isolation units (CBIU) with technical support coming from the DOH. Equitable distribution of cases across all the levels of service delivery network must be observed to ensure that those who have more severe presentations of the illness receive appropriate specialized care and those who have less severe presentations are effectively managed at the primary care level.