By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
An anesthesiologist from Manila Doctors Hospital succumbed to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-1) to COVID-19 on Sunday morning.
In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Manila Doctors Hospital said Dr. Greg Macasaet, “one of the best anesthesiologists in our country,” was a frontliner who treated a patient who eventually died due to the disease.
“We honor a brave man who lost his life in this war,” the statement read. “He lost his life in the service for the Filipino people and our country.”
Macasaet left behind his wife, an anesthesiologist who has also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, and their son.
Also yesterday, the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) announced the passing of a young cardiologist due to COVID-19.
“It is a sad day for the whole association as we have lost one of our own in the fight against COVID. He is a casualty of this war,” the group’s statement read.
“We honor him as he lost his young life while fulfilling his duties as a doctor, a young cardiologist and a dedicated member of PHA,” it added.
The cardiologist was not identified.
Meanwhile, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) also issued a statement on the death of a College of Medicine alumnus, who was a doctor to the barrio.
PLM said in a statement that the alumnus “chose to serve the country but lost his life in the fight against COVID-19.”
“He was a scholar whose humble beginnings guided his future. He was a doctor to the barrio and a hero,” the statement read. He was also not named.
As of writing, it was not yet clear if the PHA member and the PLM alumnus were the same person.
On Sunday, the Department of Health reported 73 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 380, with 25 deaths.