The Department of Health on Monday said around 2 million face shields purchased from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. have all been distributed to and utilized by medical front-liners during the onset of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
During the hearing of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said none of the health workers complained about the face shields delivered to them.
“The [face shields] were utilized. I would like to set the record straight, we’re talking about 2 million face shields, and based on the report to me, all 2 million have been distributed to the different regions,” Duque said partly in Filipino.
DOH Undersecretary Carolina Taiño said the face shields were of “great help to health workers.”
When asked if there was a case where a health worker died from using the face shield, Taiño said: “None as far as we know.”
Pharmally official Krizle Mago, in a Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Friday, revealed that the medical supplier changed the expiration dates of face shields procured for health workers from 2020 to 2021.
Duque, during the House hearing, clarified that the established shelf life of a face shield is 36 months or three years.
Duque said the matter is already being investigated by the DOH.
In a virtual Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government will investigate whether the supposed alteration of the manufacturing date of the face shields has violated a law.
“Now these new issues are coming up. The question is: Will such a testimony stand? Let’s see, that has to be substantiated,” Roque said in Filipino.
“For now, we will see if the alteration of the manufacturing date is really true and if there is alteration, whether is a law that has been violated,” he added in Filipino.