Around 600 doctors, nurses answers the call to fight COVID-19 in PH

Around 600 doctors, nurses answers the call to fight COVID-19 in PH

The country’s medical professionals have sounded the call asking from its ranks to take up the cudgels from their fallen comrades who are at the frontlines battling the novel coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19.

And answer they did, around 600 Filipino doctors and nurses have volunteered to support the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), answering the call of the Department of Health (DOH) from the much needed support as the number of cases in the country continues to rise.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, 593 "health warriors" had signed up to be assigned in 3 government hospitals designated by the Department of Health (DOH) for COVID-19 patients, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press conference.

Medical Professionals fighting the COVID-19 for us
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DOH designated Philippine General Hospital in Manila, the Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City, and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City as the 3 major hospitals as referral centers for COVID-19 cases.

According to Health Undersecretary the Health Department will implement a "two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off" policy for volunteer health workers. Vergeire explained that a medical frontliner should go on two weeks of quarantine after treating COVID-19 patients for also two weeks.

"Sa bawat dalawang linggong duty, ang healthcare worker ay kailangang sumailalim sa two-week quarantine period pagkatapos," she said.

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