“Wala po… kaya gusto nga po natin ‘yan linawin,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during the March 30 #LagingHandaPH Public Briefing when asked if the Department of Health (DOH) has an issue against entry of medical experts from China.
She explained that the department has been officially communicating with the Chinese embassy requesting for experts who can give advice regarding measures being implemented against COVID-19 in the Philippines.
“Kami nga ‘ho ang sumulat pa na we have this sufficient documents were we have officially communicated – na tinatanong natin kung puwede kami makahingi o makapagrequest ng mga eksperto galing po sa kanilang bansa dahil po gusto nating matuto at gusto nating mabigyan nila tayo ng payo rin dito sa pinapatupad nating ngayon na mga measures against COVID-19,” she added.
“Gusto natin maishare nila sa atin ‘yung kanilang expertise, because nakita po natin na ang bansa nila ay nagkaroon po ng pagtigil ng matataas na kaso, pagtigil ng matataas na pagkamatay,” she explained.
“So gusto lang ‘ho natin matuto galing po sa kanilang bansa,” the health undersecretary noted.
On March 28, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin said in a tweet that DOH is blocking entry of Chinese doctors.
“I ASKED AMB. HUANG to send us Chinese doctors. Interpreters are no problem: Chinese General Hospital and the Metropolitan Hospital—where Yuchengcos had equity, my daughter was born there—will readily supply them. BUT DOH is blocking their arrival. DON’T PISS ME OFF. LET THEM IN,” Locsin said in his tweet.