UNICEF working with DOH to deliver health services to COVID-19 patients

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2020 12:21 AM

MANILA - UNICEF Philippines said Friday they are working with the Department of Health to deliver health services to patients with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

UNICEF said that along with DOH, they will be giving essential health services to COVID-19 patients, including access to water, sanitation and hygiene, mental health and psychosocial support and nutrition.

"Just recently, we provided tents to the Department of Health (DOH) to support the management of COVID-19 cases requiring hospital care," UNICEF said in a statement.

Wigdan Madani, chief of UNICEF's Health & Nutrition department, said they are "intent on staying on the ground working to mitigate impact on children and their families including pushing back against stigma associated with vulnerable groups."

"We remain concerned by related control measures including school closures, the burden on local health systems for the delivery of primary care, protection risks, and economic pressures felt by families,” the UNICEF official said.

The Philippines has reported 64 cases of COVID-19, after confirming 12 new infections on Friday. Five of the patients have died while 2 others recovered.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Metro Manila under "community quarantine", banning travel to and from the capital region, whether by land, sea or air.

Class suspensions in all levels in Metro Manila were extended, and huge events with mass gatherings were also prohibited in the region.