DOH claims number of health workers with COVID-19 dwindle as recoveries reach 938

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2020 06:54 PM

MANILA — The Department of Health on Monday said there are now fewer health workers infected with COVID-19 as more of them recover each day.

“Nitong mga nakaraang araw ay paunti na ng paunti ang nakikita nating health workers na nagpopositibo,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire also said during a televised briefing.

(During the past days, we are seeing fewer health workers testing positive.)

Vergeire reported that as of May 17, a total of 2,314 health workers in the Philippines have been infected with COVID-19. This is only 3 cases higher than the previous day.

With total recoveries of 938, which is up by 32 from the day before, and the 35 total fatalities, the active cases of COVID-19 among health workers are 1,341.

Vergeire attributed the improved numbers to the recovery of more health workers and the ”infection prevention and control measures” being implemented by hospitals.

Of the 1,341 active cases, 344 were asymptomatic and 992 have mild symptoms.

Four others are considered severe cases, while another one is in critical condition or is intubated.

The health workers infected with COVID-19 include 841 nurses, 671 doctors, 144 nursing assistants, 84 medical technologists and 42 radiologic technologists. There are also 284 non-medical staff in health facilities who tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

As both public and private hospitals deal with limited manpower due to the virus, the DOH launched a recruitment program.

As of May 17, the government has hired 159 doctors, 562 nurses, 290 medical technologists, 33 respiratory therapists, 68 radiologic technologists, 3 medical equipment technicians and 322 nursing attendants.

Eighty-three administrative assistants, 101 administrative aides and 238 workers have also been enlisted for the needs of the health sector in battling the COVID-19 outbreak.