Some patients concealed health status in order to give birth at Fabella, says official

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2020 05:56 PM

MANILA - Some suspected carriers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mixed with patients at the regular wards of Fabella Hospital after they concealed their health status, an official said Wednesday 

"More or less 10" patients lied about not having coughs and fever, which are symptoms of the novel coronavirus, said hospital spokesperson Dr. Antoinette Pacapac.

The state-run hospital later transferred these patients to the isolation ward and none of them tested positive for the pathogen so far, she said. 

The hospital instructed everyone who interacted with the patients to consult a doctor should they feel unwell, said Pacapac. 

She also noted that all patients are required to wear masks. 

Dr. Esmeraldo Ilem, chief of the medical center, earlier told CNN Philippines that some patients lied about their medical condition just so they could give birth at Fabella. 

The expansion of a Fabella Hospital building for COVID-19 patients "may have taken awhile considering the renovation and procurement of needed equipment," said Ilem. 

"But just the same, we started admitting patients even with incomplete facility," he said in a statement. 

Guidelines are also in place for maintaining the supply of safety gear for personnel, which the hospital previously had to limit to those "directly handling patients."