By Analou de Vera and Gabriela Baron
Health Assistant Secretary Lyndon Lee Suy, former spokesperson of the Department of Health (DOH), passed away Saturday morning due to cardiac arrest. He was 55.
“Assistant Secretary Lyndon L. Lee Suy of the Department of Health passed away today after suffering a fatal arrhythmia at the Philippine Heart Center,” the health department said in a statement.
The DOH said that Lee Suy was rushed to the emergency room of the Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) Medical Center.
“Up to the time before he was brought to the hospital, he was giving a lecture at the OLFU College of Medicine where he was a faculty [member] of the Department of Family and Community Medicine,” the DOH said.
The DOH described Lee Suy as “a dedicated public health servant and committed himself to service and excellence in spite of the challenges of his roles at the Department.”
Before his stint at the health department, Lee Suy finished his residency in Family Medicine and took his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the San Lazaro Hospital, said the DOH.
Lee Suy joined the DOH in 2002 and became the program manager for dengue and emerging infectious diseases.
“He was instrumental in further strengthening our health system readiness for pandemic influenza, MERS, Ebola and other communicable diseases,” the DOH said.
He eventually became Director III of the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau and was appointed Assistant Secretary in 2017, the DOH added.
Suy served as assistant secretary for the Health Policy and Systems Development team.
Lee Suy is survived by his father, mother, and sister.