DOH automates monitoring, inventory of COVID-19 supplies

© PCOO, file DOH automates monitoring, inventory of COVID-19 supplies

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the investigation by Congress of the Department of Health (DOH)’s procurement of overpriced and substandard medical supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency has adopted an automated tracking system for such supplies.

According to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, they have adopted the automated system to effectively monitor and keep an inventory of their stockpiles of COVID-19 supplies.

“We have already put in place safeguards in our supply chain and management. So we now have a COVID-19 Supply Management Tracking System,” she said at a briefing last Friday.

Vergeire noted that with the digital tracking system, they will be able to determine supplies that are already running out, thus enabling the agency to place new orders.

Aside from this, the DOH will also be able to identify supplies that are nearing the end of their shelf life.

She added as part of the system, the DOH had imposed a “recall and replace mechanism” for the commodities that have a short shelf life.

“When we are already on the fifth month, for instance, of commodities with six-month shelf life, we will be able to immediately inform the manufacturers to give us products with extended shelf life,” she maintained.

The DOH and the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management are facing a congressional probe over the procurement of some P550 million worth of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits that were to expire in six months.

This was much lower than the DOH’s request for test kits with 12 to 24 months’ shelf life.

In an earlier statement, the DOH said that RT-PCR test kits with six months shelf life “are not near expiry.”

The agency added in 2020 at the start of the pandemic, the RT-PCR test kits that were available in the market really had a shelf life of only six months.

This was because manufacturers were unsure if their test kits would be stable and useful beyond six months.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related


Fantasy Football Early Week 7 Waiver Wire: Sterling Shepard returns as potential must-start WR

The Giants have been hit just about as hard as any team in the NFL by injuries, at least when it comes to the skill positions, and they lost Kadarius ... Read more »

Sleepy school board races are waking up to Covid and critical race theory debates

The Blue Valley School District in Johnson County, Kansas, boasts some of the top public high schools in the state. Generally, candidates for the school board sail to victory unopposed, ... Read more »

DC Metro pulling 60% of fleet for Blue Line derailment investigation

D.C. Metro is pulling more than half its fleet of railcars on Monday for an investigation into a derailment on the Blue Line last week. © Provided by Washington Examiner ... Read more »

Fauci says he is polarizing because he supports 'science, data, and hard facts' and not conspiracy theories

© The White House Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on June 22, 2021. The White House Dr. Anthony Fauci has advised the White House on COVID-19 since the start of the ... Read more »

Ahead of MC polls, civic body launches ‘Corporation Aapke Dwar'

© Provided by The Indian Express The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is set to begin service at the citizen’s doorstep with the ‘Corporation Aapke Dwar’ initiative, beginning from Sector 45 ... Read more »

'Home Town' Fans' Hearts Are Aching After Erin Napier Posts Rare Photo of Her Daughter With Ben

© Gary Gershoff – Getty Images Home Town star Erin Napier revealed that Ben was away on a business trip. She shared an adorable photo to show just how much ... Read more »

Bank of England boss warns of interest rate rise with energy prices up

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo The Bank of England gave another warning yesterday that it will raise interest rates amid the surge in the price of energy. Governor ... Read more »

‘Definitely a relief': Preps back in school after 74-day absence

Tens of thousands of Melbourne prep students have returned to school this morning after a 74-day absence, in a staged return to face-to-face learning that has been fast-tracked to account ... Read more »

Australia locked out the world. Now it's returning the favour

Through the rigours of COVID-19 lockdowns and lockouts, Australia’s psyche has lurched, shifting the outside world from opportunity to threat — and Australia’s political elite are eager to mine the ... Read more »

Tas three-day lockdown to end on time

Hobart and southern Tasmania are exiting a snap lockdown as scheduled, but some extra precautionary COVID-19 restrictions will remain. © Rob Blakers/AAP PHOTOS A three-day lockdown in southern Tasmania will ... Read more »

Concerns About Diversity as Black Staff Members Leave Congress

© Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times While the 117th Congress is the most diverse yet, representation among congressional staff falls far short of reflecting the population of the United States. ... Read more »

Jamie Lee Curtis Thinks the #MeToo Movement Would Have 'Really Upset' Mom Janet Leigh

© Provided by People Pascal Le Segretain/Getty; S Granitz/WireImage Jamie Lee Curtis is reflecting on her Hollywood legend mother Janet Leigh. Curtis, 62, said that the #MeToo movement “would have ... Read more »

Brian Austin Green Celebrates 1 Year with Girlfriend Sharna Burgess: 'Damn I'm Lucky'

Although Brian Austin Green‘s time with Sharna Burgess on Dancing with the Stars has ended, the couple’s romance is going strong. © Provided by People Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Brian Austin Green ... Read more »

Junior partner in Australian coalition gov't says it won't rush into net zero

© Reuters/David Gray FILE PHOTO: Birds and a plane are seen flying above emission from the chimneys of a chemical plant located near Port Botany in Sydney By Colin Packham ... Read more »

No place in the world for stateless 4-year-old in Sarawak

© Provided by MalaysiaNow In the corner of a room in a shoplot in Sarawak, four-year-old Rayyan (not his real name) sits playing with two small toy cars. He pushes ... Read more »

Lane Kiffin should be next LSU coach with Ed Orgeron era ending

One of the best jobs in the country is opening. LSU, just two years removed from winning a national championship and going a perfect 15-0, is moving on from Ed ... Read more »

Sebi turns to big data to nail the smart violators

Mumbai: India’s capital markets regulator is casting its net wider to catch the savvier violators of the country’s stock market laws. While the Securities and Exchange Board of India so ... Read more »

Top banks raise India's flag in NDF market from GIFT City

At least seven lenders, including Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank , are harnessing the GIFT City facilities to mark a robust Indian presence in the non-deliverable forward (NDF) ... Read more »

Auto, metals and IT stocks look strong: Analysts

Technical analysts see the Nifty heading to 18,600 this week and the Bank Nifty touching 40,000 — both hitting record highs in the process. Indian benchmark indices gained over 2% ... Read more »

Auto debit bounce rates for loan EMIs come down

Mumbai: In signs that asset quality is on the mend, the NACH debit bounce rates by value for September came in at their lowest level since the pandemic began. Data ... Read more »

Buying in under-owned stocks to keep the season of records going

Mumbai: Indian stock indices could extend their record-breaking rally this week as continued purchases by bullish domestic investors into under-owned stocks could keep the momentum going. With optimism around the ... Read more »

The independent Republic of Cape Town: Storming into a nightmare vision of the year 2045

CapeXit seems an attractive idea in some respects, given the total mess the ANC is making of the rest of South Africa. Yet, every time I’m tempted to join their ... Read more »

One weakness too many? State's years of failure enabled the disasters that beset us

While there are many reasons for the current weakness of our state, involving the pandemic, inequality and poverty, it seems clear the main reason is political. © Copyright (c) Daily ... Read more »

LA County wants Vanessa Bryant to take a psychiatric exam before trial to prove the leaked of photos of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash caused her emotional distress

© Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine Bryant Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s widow, is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She says deputies leaked ... Read more »

Walgreens cited shoplifting as rationale for closing 5 stores in San Francisco, but local officials, data, and experts cast doubt on that explanation

© Provided by Business Insider Customers walk by products locked in security cabinets at a Walgreens store that is set to be closed in the coming weeks on October 13, ... Read more »

Easy Sando Recipes

Welcome to ‘Shop Kuali Recipes’, proudly brought to you by Kuali and Tesco | Lotus’s, our trusted partner. Check out this week’s meal plan, ‘Easy Sando Recipes’ series: Level up ... Read more »

Textile sector: Govt mulls major overhaul of ATUFS to spur investment

© Provided by The Financial Express The scheme is supposed to mobilise fresh investments of about Rs 95,000 crore in the textile and apparel sector by FY22 and create 3.5 ... Read more »

West Bengal: Enhanced rainfall activity till Oct 20, says weather dept

© Provided by The Indian Express THE WEATHER department has forecast enhanced rainfall activity over the districts of South Bengal till October 20 and over North Bengal from October 18-20. ... Read more »

Cancel contracts, blacklist contractors if works not completed in time, says Chandigarh MC Commissioner

© Provided by The Indian Express Reviewing the various works being carried out by the Public Health Wing of Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh Municipal Commissioner Anindita Mitra on Sunday directed ... Read more »

Buoyed by Govt package, Vodafone Idea eyes fund infusion of Rs 20,000 crore

© Provided by The Indian Express DEBT-LADEN Vi (Vodafone Idea) may get a fund infusion of up to Rs 20,000 crore over the next fortnight, of which Rs 7,000-Rs 8,000 ... Read more »

Early Q2 results boost hopes of firm recovery; retailers, banks signal nascent pick-up in consumption

© Provided by The Financial Express TCS has on-boarded some 43,000 graduates in the last six months. Read throughs, from the results statements trickling in, suggest the economy was certainly ... Read more »

Terror as gunman opens fire inside a Pennsylvania mall

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Horrified shoppers at a Pennsylvania mall began screaming Sunday afternoon after a gunman opened fire, injuring at least two people. The Park City ... Read more »

McIlroy captures 20th US PGA title with victory at Vegas

© Christian Petersen Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates winning his 20th US PGA title on the 18th green on Sunday at the CJ Cup at the Summit Club in ... Read more »

Prayers and a minute's silence as MPs prepare to pay tribute to Sir David Amess

The House of Commons is going to pay tribute to Sir David Amess today. © PA Sir David Amess speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in June. Pic: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor ... Read more »

Aqua English program helps refugees overcome trauma and learn to swim

© Provided by ABC News Sarah Scarce has run the Aqua English program in Brisbane for 15 years. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Edwina Seselja) When Manahil Hassan Hamuda sees water, she ... Read more »

Zero-emission vehicles, wind and solar energy seen taking off - climate report

By Simon Jessop © Reuters/PHIL NOBLE FILE PHOTO: Electric vehicle charging units are pictured at newly opened MFG (Motor Fuel Group) EV Power service station in Manchester LONDON (Reuters) – ... Read more »

Celebrating the guardians of democracy — the news media

This week we reflect on what the new threats to journalism are, why journalism is essential to democracy and what it’s got to do with disinformation. © Copyright (c) Daily ... Read more »

The Gambler: Zuma's casino spotting provokes strong reactions

A day after Jacob Zuma said his ‘colonial-apartheid government’-like parole conditions prevented him from addressing his supporters in person, he was seen leaving a casino in Durban with former SAA ... Read more »

US to weigh mixing boosters; South Africa registers 414 new cases

South Africa registered 414 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 2,916,593. A further 25 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, taking total official deaths to 88,612. A total of 20,200,231 ... Read more »

William tells young people to ‘demand change' at first Earthshot Prize

© PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the first Earthshot Prize ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London – PA The Duke of Cambridge vowed to “find the solutions ... Read more »