Philippine Heart Center
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Ilang ospital sa Metro Manila ang mahigpit na tinutukan ngayon ng Department of Health (DOH) matapos mai-ulat na nagkaroon ng close contact at exposure sa mga pasyenteng positibo sa COVID-19 ang ilan sa kanilang mga health personnel.

Kabilang sa mga health personnel na binabantayan ngayon ng Health department ang galing sa Philippine Heart Center at Rizal Medical Center.

Sa virtual press briefing ng DOH nitong hapon sinabi ni Health Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire na itinuring ng patients under investigation (PUI) ang 12 health workers ng Heart Center matapos ma-exposed kay sa COVID-19 case na si PH37.

Ito yung namatay na 88-year old na babae noong March 12.

“DOH reported that the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) is limiting its services after several health personnel were exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. The confirmed case (PH37) was the previously announced mortality last March 12 who was admitted at PHC. PH37 was reported to have no history of travel and close contact to a confirmed patient. Several of the PUIs and PUMs were exposed to PH37.”

“Prior to the confirmation of the PH37’s diagnosis, healthcare workers were managing the case as a non-communicable case and were unable to wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE).”

“As of 2PM today, PHC has 13 patients under investigation (PUIs) – 12 health workers and one (1) non-health person. PHC sent home four patients under monitoring (PUMs) today who were previously quarantined in a restricted area in the hospital, while an additional six (6) PUMs are still quarantined in the facility. They are also currently verifying the number of PUMs in home quarantine.”

“As of now, PHC is limiting its hospital operations to accommodate in-patient and emergency cases only. Services in the Outpatient Department were temporarily stopped last March 11 and are expected to reopen on March 16. The Catheterization Laboratory where PH37 had her procedure was also closed and disinfected. Hospital services for Z-benefit packages and elective cases are temporarily cancelled until further notice. Currently, the human resource complement of PHC is being realigned by the management to provide continuous service to the admitted patients.”

Bagamat may ulat din ng health workers mula sa Rizal Medical Center na na-expose sa isang COVID-19 case ay hindi pa naman naglalabas ng desisyon ang pagamutan ng paglilimita sa mga pasyente.

“In addition, Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City has also reported several health workers being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. DOH is still verifying data on the exact figures and the updated conditions of the health workers.”