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COVID-19 testing prioritizes the rich?

Some have noticed that politicians and their relatives can get themselves tested while frontliners and those symptomatic are sometimes rejected.

  • Netizens appeal for fair treatment when it comes to COVID-19 testing.

The Department of Health has previously admitted that testing kits in the country are limited. This means that they needed to set some guidelines on who should be prioritized.

This has been an issue as other citizens are requesting to be tested as they are showing symptoms, but are being rejected.

Reasons include that they did not have any travel history within affected countries.

But recently, netizens are horrified by another thing: asymptomatic politicians and public figures can immediately get tested while other Filipinos needed to wait for their turn. This is after Senate President Tito Sotto, Senators Ping Lacson, Imee Marcos, Grace Poe, Francis Tolentino, Bong Revilla, and Pia Cayetano got tested when they’re all asymptomatic.

A netizen said that points of qualifications for the test may be your wealth and social status. The “rich, powerful, and connected” are allegedly tested first.

“The system is built for the elite and it shows,” she wrote

Another Twitter user also narrated his experience as a nurse. A patient requested for their son to be tested but he had to say no as they don’t fit the “criteria” that the Department of Health released.

The patient then questioned the asymptomatic senators but the nurse wasn’t able to answer his question.

Other netizens also began questioning the system as there are hundreds of frontliners who are symptomatic but aren’t able to get prioritized for testing.

The DOH has also announced that they see no need to conduct mass testing as of the moment.

In a Facebook post by Chronicles of M.D, she shared how difficult their situations are especially those who already acquired the disease in the performance of their duties.

Nagtataka ba kayo kung bakit super active ako sa page lately? And why im so “invested” in this Senator issue?Just to…

Posted by Chronicles of M.D. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

There are currently 307 confirmed cases in the country with 19 deaths.

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