1 in 5 active COVID-19 cases among health workers are from Cebu hospital

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2020 01:05 PM

The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City. From the official website of VSMMC

MANILA — A fifth of the active COVID-19 cases among health workers in the country are from the government-operated Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu, based on the latest Department of Health data released Monday.

As of July 18, the VSMMC has 148 infected staff, accounting for around 20 percent of the 712 active COVID-19 cases involving health workers in the Philippines.

The cumulative total of coronavirus infections among health workers in the country is already 3,938, up by 295 from last week.

Cebu province and City City are among the identified COVID-19 hotspots in the country after a continued increase in cases there.

Other hospitals with active cases based on the DOH table are the following:

- San Lazaro Hospital, with 35
- National Kidney and Transplant Institute, with 10
- Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center with 7
- Quirino Memorial Medical Center, with 5
- Philippine Heart Center, with 4
- Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center, with 3
- Lung Center of the Philippines, with 2
- East Avenue Medical Center, with 2
- Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, with 1
- Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, with 1

Recently, nurses at San Lazaro Hospital appealed to the government to address their workload problem, including the high number of COVID-infected staff.

Eastern Visayas is also among the emerging COVID-19 hotspots identified in June.

On Sunday, the DOH reported 441 additional recoveries among infected health workers from last week, bringing the total to 3,191.

An additional fatality was also recorded, raising the death toll to 35.

The number of active cases among health workers is on a downtrend, the data showed.

The group accounts for 6 percent of the total confirmed cases in the country, as of July 18. The rate went as high as nearly 20 percent a few months back that alarmed the World Health Organization.

Of the total health workers who contracted the infectious disease, 1,391 are nurses, 960 are doctors, 273 are nursing assistants, 164 are medical technologists, 100 are radiologic technologists, 68 are midwives, 38 are respiratory therapists, and 27 are pharmacists.

There are also non-medical staff from health facilities included in the list: 279 administrative staff, 121 utility personnel, 54 dietary staff, 41 drivers, 47 barangay health workers, 30 security guards and 12 caregivers.