MANILA - The Philippine Medical Association on Monday urged patients to consult doctors first through telemedicine and advised physicians on the new normal following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Benito Atienza, vice president of the association, said doctors must limit their patients to 5 daily, observe physical distancing, wear personal protective equipment, and change gowns after every other patient.
Doctors' clinics must not have air-conditioning nor electric fans and windows and doors must be opened, Atienza said. The clinic's staff should also be limited to 1 to 2 persons, he added.
"We advise them to maintain at least 3-feet distance from the patient and clean the entire clinic everyday," he told ANC.
Patients must also wear mask and consult first through online or telephone. The group offers online consultation at https://docph.org, Atienza said.
"This is aimed to decrease the patients going to the hospital’s emergency room," he said. "They can request for their medicine, prescription."
Atienza also called for doctors' testing for COVID-19 as they are set to open their clinics.
"I'm starting my clinic with 5 scheduled patients per day for vaccinations because most of our children were not vaccinated for the last 2 months and we need to vaccinate them in order to prevent other diseases like polio, measles, diphtheria," he said.
As of Saturday, some 1,723 healthworkers have contracted the virus in the country. Of this number, 272 have recovered while 34 died.