Doctors & Civil Group seeks PRRD’s support in giving citizens alternative choices to deal with Covid-19

Doctors & Civil Group seeks PRRD’s support in giving citizens alternative choices to deal with Covid-19

The Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph) urges the government to allow broad data-based public discourses and be open for alternative medical solutions to fight against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“We appeal to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to allow a ‘second opinion’ from other doctors who are successful in treating thousands of patients. May they be allowed to present how they were able to treat and save a significant number of patients,” said CDC Ph in a previous statement released.

Over the past year since its inception, CDC Ph has constantly been reaching out to the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force to allow its doctor-members to present how they were able to treat and save a lot of patients. They asked them to provide medical solutions that prioritize boosting immunity, prophylactic regimens that prevent expensive hospitalizations, and early treatment protocols using repurposed drugs available in the market today.

CDC Ph is a non-partisan organization composed of professionals and experts from the medical, health, business, financial, and research industries proposing science-driven, evidence-based solutions to the biggest challenges facing the nation during the COVID-19 outbreak. They aim to help the government safely lift the lockdown to save more lives and restore more livelihoods.

The group has been advocating for data-based solutions to avoid the problems that have ravaged the economy over the past year and as reported by the National Economic and Development Authority, it will cost the economy another P300 billion in output losses in the next two weeks.

They also said that the public should be allowed to question the pandemic treatment protocols such as CT (cycle threshold) settings of our RT-PCR machine, yielding high false positives.

CDC Ph also asked the government to allow other medical professionals “to question DOH data reporting focused on cases and not the number of hospitalized which determines whether our healthcare is overwhelmed or not. 

They also added that the government should allow citizens to have a choice regarding vaccination.

As a group of professional volunteers, CDC Ph said all it wanted is for the country’s leaders to include a cheap, effective alternative to treating COVID-19 and be implemented down to the barangay level, available to all Filipinos.

On its founding anniversary last August 12, the group also named its top level of leadership, professionals from the fields of medicine, business, media and arts and culture. 

The new officers are Homer Lim, M.D., President; Mari Kaimo, Vice-President; and Lovely Rivero, Corporate Secretary.

“The most effective weapon against the COVID-19 virus is accurate scientific information. CDC Ph has been and will always be at the forefront in disseminating data-based solutions that will save the lives and livelihoods of Filipinos,” said Homer Lim, M.D., the newly appointed president of CDC Ph.

Dr. Lim, who earned his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), has been in medical practice for 18 years, specializing in regenerative medicine, geriatrics, and fighting chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, and autoimmune disorders.  He is a much sought-after resource speaker on integrative medicine and cancer treatment, both in the Philippines and internationally.

He is also currently serving as the Vice-President of the International Society for Integrated Anti-aging Medicine and President of the Philippine Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, which promotes integrative medicine in Southeast Asia.

The other officers serving fresh terms for CDC Ph are:  TV personality Mari Kaimo as vice-president; and actress Lovely Rivero as corporate secretary.

Mari Kaimo, the incoming CDC Ph Vice-President, worked as a reporter, anchor, and program host for news and public affairs programs in major television networks for almost two decades. He has been the co-host of “The 700 Club,” the longest-running Christian television program in the country, and “The 700 Club Asia” since 1989. Mari also serves as Executive Director of Roof Chamber Media, a Dallas, Texas-based online Christian ministry, where he also co-hosts the regular podcast, “Roof Chamber Live!”

Rivero is a veteran actress, part-time TV host, an entrepreneur and current chair of the Covid Task Force of the Rotary Club of Makati in Dasmariñas Village.

Rivero is president of Fabuloso Events and Entertainment, booking Filipino bands, celebrities, and entertainers for international live entertainment concerts and events since 2003. She also distributes gourmet bottled food products under the brand name, A Taste of Love.

The group said it has been doing its part of continuing research on more efficient and effective ways of addressing the pandemic, adding: “No one agency or individual can claim expertise to a pandemic we have not all experienced before.”  

CDC Ph reiterated a need to generate a public discourse about the protocols imposed on the citizens “because this concerns our body, our health, and our rights.”

“If ever there was a time for the government to consider getting a second opinion on how to handle the pandemic,” Kaimo said, “… it is now.” 

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