By Richa Noriega
University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo Concepcion expressed gratitude on March 26 to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) staff and administration for their outstanding service amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On behalf of our community at the University of the Philippines—indeed, on behalf of the Filipino people—let me thank you, first of all, for your courageous, selfless, and outstanding service in these very trying times,” Concepcion said in a statement.
“Our nation and our people are suffering from a devastating scourge, and those of you at the frontlines are performing a heroic and unenviable function,” he added.
Upon the request of the Department of Health (DOH) on March 23, PGH will be a COVID-19 referral center starting March 30, Monday.
Danilo said the staff will be given care and protective measures, such as:
• Securing enough personal protective equipment (PPE) and instituting proper Infectious Control Measures in the hospital;
• Ensuring a strict one-week tour of duty followed by a two-week period of quarantine;
• Arranging for free lodging and accommodation as well as transportation requirements for all our HCWs in PGH during this crisis;
• Providing adequate nutrition and physical as well as psychosocial support, especially to frontliners and those in clinical areas; and
• Ensuring full support from the DOH and the Philippine government as well as partner private hospitals for the augmentation of manpower, technical, technological, and financial needs.
According to Danilo, PGH agreed to become a COVID-19 referral hospital due to the following conditions, which include serving other patients with other ailments and that the COVID-19 wing be exclusive and segregated from the rest of the hospital with its own ER.
The UP president added that DOH will provide additional medical personnel and all the materials needed for the wing.
“If these conditions are not met, we shall restrict admission of cases to keep them at a safe and manageable level,” he said.
Danilo noted that PGH only allowed those who are healthy and fit to join in the hospital duty.
“I have no doubt that, once again, the brave men and women of UP-PGH will rise to the occasion and respond to their country’s call with steadfast courage, abounding talent, and exemplary professionalism,” he added.
As of writing, the DOH recorded 707 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the country.
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