DOH to strictly implement one watcher per patient policy

By Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) is looking at implementing a one watcher per patient policy at hospitals affected by the water shortage.

“I would also like to appeal to the relatives of patients: Can we please limit the watchers of your patients to one? We hope you will understand our situation,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during a press conference at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City on Thursday.

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I think this has to be strictly implemented in these hospitals, especially the affected ones, considering the water crisis,” he added.

Duque said that the move is a way for them to cope with the ongoing water woes being experienced in some areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

“As per our hospital directors, the more company that a patient has, the higher the water consumption and demand will be. And this we can no longer afford for now,” said the health chief.

The health department noted that at least five hospitals are being affected by the water shortage.

Aside from the NKTI, the other hospitals are Rizal Medical Center (RMC) in Pasig City; the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in Mandaluyong City; the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), and the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC), both in Quezon City.

 
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