DOH reiterates support to anti-drug campaign

By Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reiterated its support to the government's fight against illegal drugs after a medical officer of the DOH was arrested during a buy-bust operation.

"We reiterate our full support for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's fight against illegal drug operation and its use," said the health department in a statement.

Dr. Vanjoe De Guzman, an employee of the DOH-Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MMCHD), and five others were nabbed by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday during a drug sting in a condominium in Mandaluyong City.

"Dr. De Guzman is a regular DOH employee from February 2015, however, he has been on AWOL (Absence Without Leave) status since November 26, 2018," the health department stated.

"Despite written directives to report immediately to the office, Dr. De Guzman has failed to comply. This has prompted for DOH-MMCHD to issue an Order of Separation and commence disciplinary proceedings, in consultation with the Civil Service Commission, for his eventual dismissal from the service," it added.

The health department, noted, that all DOH-MMCHD employees are subjected to Annual Mandatory Random Drug Testing.