Public disclosure of COVID-19 patients’ identities urged

Published April 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Ellson Quismorio

A Mindanao lawmaker is proposing the public disclosure of the identities of people afflicted with COVID-19, saying this is required by law.

Rep. Alan Dujali (Davao del Norte, 2nd district) cited two objectives: first, to create an effective deterrent for such persons from violating the quarantine measures and hospital protocols; and second, to comply with the mandatory reporting required under Republic Act (RA) 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

Dujali has sent a letter to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease embodying this proposal, according to a statement issued by his office on Wednesday.

Dujali noted that his proposal will enhance the efficacy of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) declared by President Duterte last March 16.

“While I believe that the quarantine measures (have) been effective in addressing our current public health concern, (I recommend) that we further strengthen it by implementing strategies aimed at informing the public, on a regular basis of the identities of the persons who have already been tested positive for the virus, as well as of those who have a probable chance of having contracted it,” he said, referring to those who are considered as persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs).