Duque says healthcare workers being tested to know if they have contracted or have symptoms of COVID-19

Published April 12, 2021, 11:38 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said healthcare workers being tested every two weeks to see if they contracted or have symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III give updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on April 12, 2021.

“We monitor our healthcare workers and every two weeks the hospitals test them to know if they are positive or if they have symptoms so they can be isolated right away,” he said in a meeting with President Duterte Monday, April 12.

“If they are positive and have exposure but with no symptoms, they are quarantined,” Duque added.

He said this is also being done in order to ensure that they don’t infect their loved ones at home.

“We already asked our hospitals to reserve hotel rooms, places for doctors and nurses who have symptoms and are positive for COVID-19,”  said Duque.

He said they have been implementing such policy since last year.

Last month, the Department of Health reported 15,771 COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers as of March 27.

Of the figure, 15,061 have recovered and 82 have died.

Healthcare workers are the topmost priority in the government’s national COVID-19 immunization program.