Lung Center personnel have dodged COVID-19 for nearly a month: official

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Posted at Apr 27 2020 04:05 PM

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MANILA - None of the personnel of the Lung Center of the Philippines has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, nearly a month since it became a referral center for the respiratory disease, a hospital official said Monday. 

Private donations beefed up the supply of safety gear for the hospital's workers, who were given stringent protocols to follow, said Dr. Antonio Ramos, head of the Lung Cente's administrative services. 

With the help of donors, the hospital is also building an air-conditioned facility that will house workers who are reluctant to go home during the crisis, he said. 

"Dahil sa mga donations, dahil sa mga PPEs, dahil sa mga infrastructure na minodify at dahil sa procedures, for the past 29 days, walang Lung Center personnel na nag-positive," Ramos told DZMM. 

(Because of donations, personal protective equipment, modified infrastructure and procedures, for the past 29 days, no Lung Center personnel had tested positive.) 

"Iyong aming tao kahit na papaano nakakadagdag ng confidence... We should be afraid enough to be careful, but not too afraid to lose hope," he added. 

(This adds to the confidence of our people.) 

The Lung Center of the Philippines has "more than 50" COVID-19 patients, of whom "below 10" have severe symptoms and need ventilators to help them breathe, Ramos said.