Health Secretary Duque: “We Have Fattened The Curve!”

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and World Health Organization Rabindra Abeyasinghe confirm the first case of Novel Coronavirus in the country during press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020. The first case is a 38 year-old woman from Wuhan, China who travel via Hongkong to Manila.
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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque may have something that could redeem his tarnished reputation resulting from the PhilHealth mess. (A Senate committee report has recommended that criminal charges be filed against Duque and others for alleged graft and corruption.)

Today, Duque, who co-chairs the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, announced that the Philippines, under his able leadership, has fattened the curve after almost six months of lockdowns in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Duque said that the foresight and continued efforts to impose various levels of community quarantine has resulted in Filipinos gaining weight because of the lack of exercise, mobility and nutritious food.

“Weighing scale numbers and BMIs (Body Mass Index) have shot off the roof,” the Secretary said, adding that “this only shows that the government has done the right thing to combat the coronavirus.

In the latest Senate hearing, Duque told the legislators that the reason he was unable to monitor the financial mess at PhilHealth was because he was very busy with his tasks at DOH and the IATF.

”I hope that with this fattening of the curve” I will be exonerate me from the allegations lodged against me regarding PhilHealth,” Duque said.


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