Complaint filed vs. CHO head pending before city prosecutor

The National Bureau of Investigation has filed a complaint against the Bacolod City Health Officer before the City Prosecutor’s Office for alleged discrepancies in the reporting of COVID-19 test results from the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) molecular laboratory to the City Emergency Operations Center.

The complaint filed against Dr. Ma. Carmela Gensoli was for alleged violation of Republic Act 11332 or the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act” and Republic Act 11494 or the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act,” NBI Bacolod Chief Renoir Baldovino said today, November 23.

The complaint is pending preliminary investigation at the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office, he said.

Baldovino said because of the non-reporting of the data to the City Emergency Operations Center they were not able to act versus COVID-19 cases in a timely manner.

The complaint was filed against Gensoli following a request by retired General Melquiades Feliciano, National Action Plan Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer for Visayas, to the NBI for a full investigation on the matter.

Feliciano, in behalf of the people of the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center, sought a full investigation of the discrepancies of the swab tests data vis-à-vis the real data captured on a daily basis from the CLMMRH molecular laboratory and the City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit at the CHO.

This concern compromises and undermines the objective of Republic Acts 11494 and 1132, Feliciano said.

Gensoli could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Gensoli’s designation is still city health officer.*

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