Early detection, treatment for health workers urged by PMA

Published May 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Rizal Obanil

An official of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) on Sunday said that there are already 30 health workers who have died due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

PMA president Dr. Jose Santiago Jr., in an interview over Dobol B sa News TV, said that the nation should strive for early detection and early treatment for our health workers because they are the ones who are at the most risk in this battle against the pandemic.

He said that the situation on the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) has so far improved compared to when the epidemic started.

Dr. Santiago said that they are making the most with what they currently have.

“Gumagawa tayo ng procedure para hindi kaagad tayo maubusan ng PPEs (We have come up with procedures so as not to easily run out of PPEs),” Santiago said.

At the onset of the pandemic there was seemingly a lack of PPEs, forcing many health workers to continue working using either do-it-yourself (DIY) PPEs or even go without it, in some cases.

The situation however has dramatically improved with both government and the private sector working hand in hand to address the ever increasing demand for PPEs.

Aside from PPEs, Santiago said that they are also receiving much needed help with volunteers coming in to temporarily relieve some of the frontliners so that they can also get some rest.