By Analou de Vera
The total number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country exceeded 8,000 as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 254 new people afflicted with COVID-19. There are now 8,212 COVID-19 cases nationwide as of 4 p.m. of Wednesday, April 29, said the DOH in its latest case bulletin.
The Health department also reported another 48 patients who were able to survive the disease, raising the number of recoveries to 1,023.
Meanwhile, the country’s death toll has jumped to 558 after 28 new fatalities were recorded.
Based on the situation report of the World Health Organization as of April 28, the global tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is at 2,954,222, including 202,597 deaths.
Health workers with COVID-19
The DOH said that 1,552 healthcare workers in the country have contracted the dreaded disease.
Majority of those are nurses with 571 cases followed by physicians with 548.
The other infected healthcare workers are 97 nursing assistants, 60 medical technologists, 30 radiologic technologists, 18 respiratory therapists, 17 midwives, and 11 pharmacists.
The Health department, meanwhile, reported that 232 healthcare workers have already recuperated. However, 32 workers have already died, including 24 doctors and seven nurses.
In a related development, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the DOH’s family planning services continue amid the imposition of community quarantine measures against the COVID-19.
“Nananatiling bukas po ang ating health centers para sa pagbibigay payo sa pagpaplano ng pamilya,” said Vergeire.
[Our health centers remain open for advice on family planning.]
“Sa panahon ng COVID-19, maging responsableng magulang. Protektahan natin ang ating pamilya, hindi lamang para sa COVID-19, kung hindi pati na rin sa isang mabuti at malusog na pamilya at sa hindi planadong pagbubuntis,” she added.
[During COVID-19, be a responsible parent. We should protect our family, not only against COVID-19, but also for a good and healthy family and for an unplanned pregnancy.]
Couples who are already availing the family planning services may ask for three months worth of supply of contraceptives—such as condoms and pills—at their respective barangay health centers, said Vergeire.
For those who want to use long-term family planning methods, couples may also ask for advice from their health centers. “Kung kayo naman ay wala pang karanasang gumamit ng iba’t-ibang pamamaraan sa pagpaplano ng pamilya, maari kayong humingi ng payo sa ating midwives, sa ating mga nurses, o sa ating mga doktor mula sa ating telemedicine hotlines,” said Vergeire.
[If you are still unfamiliar with various family planning methods, you can consult our midwives, our nurses, or our doctors from our telemedicine hotlines.]