The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 filed on Monday criminal charges against 8 officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) Central Visayas and 3 employees of Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City over an alleged anomalous COVID-19 benefits claim.
NBI 7 Director Rennan Augustus Oliva said the charges were related to a claim that involved a patient who died in April 2020 who was not a frontliner and not COVID-19 positive, contrary to what was filed.
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Hospital denies charges
Chong Hua hospital issued a statement denying irregularities in the handling of Philhealth claims. It said they are confident that a fair and impartial investigation “will vindicate our good name.”
Philhealth, on the other hand, stressed that it follows guidelines in processing claims.
- Sun.Star Cebu: Philhealth 7, hospital officers charged for ‘false’ Covid-19 claim
- The Freeman: 11 PhilHealth, CHH execs sued
- CDN Digital: PhilHealth, Chong Hua deny accusations of fraud
What they’re saying:
There were 395 new COVID-19 cases in the entire Cebu yesterday: 249 in Cebu City, 96 in Cebu Province, 28 in Mandaue City, and 22 in Lapu-Lapu City. The new numbers bring the total active cases in the entire Cebu to 4,182.
Top Cebu City barangays with active cases
Barrio Luz 59
Capitol Site 54
Punta Princesa 54
Basak San Nicolas 53
Sambag 1 43
(Source: The Freeman)
Mayor Labella moves to name VM Rama vaccine czar; vice mayor says “no thanks”
After the recent exchange of words on social media between Cebu City’s 2 top officials comes the latest development: Mayor Edgardo Labella is reported to be set to appoint Vice Mayor Michael Rama vaccine czar to oversee Cebu City’s COVID-19 vaccination.
“Thanks, but no thanks. Not needed,” Rama said. He added that he does “not want to be called as vaccine czar.”
Yesterday, health and law enforcement officials held a simulation for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Cebu. The team completed the simulated transport of vaccines from the airport to the cold storage facilities at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
Government should act urgently to help economy, workers
Guadalupe Sunday lockdown to continue
Strict lockdown and mandatory “stay-at-home” on Sundays will continue to be enforced in Barangay Guadalupe as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.
- The Freeman: Barangay Guadalupe extends “stay-at-home” Sundays
- Sun.Star Cebu: ‘Sunday lockdown’ in Guadalupe extended
Cebu Business Park sets up bike lanes to improve road safety.
The 7-kilometer bike lane network spreads on the main streets of Cebu Business Park, which include, Mindanao Ave, Luzon Ave, Cardinal Rosales Ave, Leyte Loop, Samar Loop, Negros Road, Sumilon, and Pescadores.