Sunday, August 01, 2021

Raps filed against former city health officer

A COMPLAINT for violation of Republic Act (RA) 11332, or the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act” was filed against the former city health officer of Bacolod City.

A reliable source at the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said yesterday that the case was filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) last week against the former City Health Officer Ma. Carmela Gensoli.

The source said they were subpoenaed by NBI as well as Dr. Gensoli to submit their affidavits. The complainant was the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas.

The case stemmed from the alleged missing data of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) positive patients.

The source said the Covid-19 positive data should be submitted to the EOC so that the Covid-19 patients will be extracted and will be placed in the city’s quarantine facility.

“Unfortunately, because of some intervention of Dr. Gensoli the data went missing and the EOC’s data is also compromised because of the particular action of Gensoli as the City Health Officer,” the source said.

The source explained that in previous months, due to the spike in the number of Covid-19, the city government has asked the assistance of President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong and the national government sent the officials of Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas to address the Covid-19 cases of Bacolod.

After a week, the EOC was created to harmonize, coordinate, collaborate and synchronize all the Covid-19 data or activities.

The source said the EOC’s clusters were also established that include the data management assessment analysis cluster wherein every afternoon, all the molecular laboratories in Bacolod should send their line list of Covid-19 positive cases by 3 p.m.

“So every day, we check the data and analyze the situation of Covid-19 and we see incompatible data from the months of September and October,” the source said.

Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr. was earlier assigned as officer-in-charge of CHO while Gensoli was reassigned at the city’s economic recovery committee.

For her part, Gensoli said that for now, she cannot give a comment on the alleged complaint.


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