DOH urges patients to give all necessary information to protect health workers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2020 07:41 PM

Shuttle bus assistants prepare for the next shuttle pick up for health workers on Marcos highway in Marikina on March 18, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Department of Health urged patients to be honest and to disclose all necessary information so as to protect frontline health workers.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said many frontline health care workers are at risk of getting infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) because of the nature of their jobs.

"Nai-infect po ang ating healthcare workers dahil sila po ang ating frontline workers dito po sa pagresponde natin sa COVID-19. Sila po ang nasa ospital na nagsasakrispisyo para alagaan po lahat ng ating mga pasyente," she said in a virtual press conference Sunday.

She appealed to all patients to disclose all necessary information so as to protect health care workers from possible infection.

"Gayunpaman, inaanyayahan natin ang lahat ng kababayan natin na please disclose all your information to our health care workers. Huwag ho kayong magtitira ng kahit anong impormasyon na ililiban ninyong sabihin sa ating mga healthcare workers dahil sila po ay mataas ang tsansiya na mahawa kung kayo po ay hindi magsasabi ng totoo at kung hindi niyo po ilalahad ang lahat ng impormasyong kailangan," Vergeire said.

Vergeire, likewise, said the DOH is investigating reports that a doctor died of COVID-19 because a patient lied about their travel history.

'GIVE US TIME'

Meanwhile, Vergeire assured the public that the DOH is aware of all their grievances.

She also asked for time as the government works on fighting the spread of the disease.

"Humihingi lang po ako ng konting panahon. Gusto ko lang pong hikayatin ang buong sambayanang Filipino. Sana po sa ngayon po na hinaharap natin ang crisis na ito, tayo po ay magkaisa. Marami po akong nababasa sa social media, sa reports po, marami pong nagte-text sa akin ng mga hinaing at sama ng loob. Naiintindihan po namin kayo lahat at kami po, nakikinig," Vergeire said.

"We hear you, we hear all of you. Bigyan lang po ninyo ng pagkakataon na ang gobyerno ay maisaayos ang lahat po para sa response na ito," she added.

As of Sunday, the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has climbed to 380, as 73 new patients were recorded. 

Six more people died from the disease, raising the toll to 25, while the number of patients who recovered increased to 17.