DOH on removal of misting tents donated by Angel Locsin

April 15 ------ The Department of Health (DOH) has denied prohibiting Angel Locsin from donating misting tents as part of her relief efforts amid COVID-19 pandemic. In a virtual press briefing, Monday, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire began by saying the donations were removed from Philippine General Hospital. “Ito pong misting tents sa PGH ay binigay po through the donation ni Ms. Angel Locsin… she was not prohibited from making donations of misting tents by DOH, hindi po siya pinagbawalan, contrary po dun sa lumalabas ngayon,” Vergeire said. “Napagutos na po ng pamunuan ng Philippine General Hospital na tanggalin na po ang misting tents mula nung narinig po nila ang anunsyo ng Department of Health.” Earlier, DOH announced “there is no evidence to support that spraying of surfaces or large scale misting of areas, indoor or outdoor with disinfecting agents, kills the virus.” Vergeire also said the World Health Organization (WHO) already dismissed the effectivity of misting. However, DOH clarified they are not prohibiting spraying tents inside hospitals where health workers wearing PPEs pass through. Personal protective equipment or PPEs include face masks, face shields and full body suits that are meant to protect health workers against the COVID-19 virus. “Hindi po pinagbabawal ang spraying tents sa loob ng ospital kung saan dumadaan ang health care workers na nakasuot ng tamang PPEs. “Tinanggal na po ang misting tents for public, but the tents for health care workers doon sa PGH ay andun pa rin,” Vergeire explained. She expressed gratitude to Locsin for all her efforts. “Dahil diyan po, nagpapasalamat po kami sa lahat po ng mga nagbibigay at nagdodonate. Miss Angel Locsin, thank you very much po. Mabuhay po kayo,” she added. Source: