The Department of Health (DOH) said all public and private hospitals, health facilities and Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities should ensure the availability of testing services for all their healthcare workers (HCWs).
The DOH reiterated Department Memorandum (DM) No. 2020-0546 or the Interim Guidelines on Mandatory COVID-19 Testing of Public and Private Health Workers which mandates all public and private hospitals and health facilities, including TTMFs, to “ensure the availability of testing services for all their healthcare workers (HCWs) directly catering to or exposed to persons who are classified as suspect, probable, and confirmed COVID-19 cases, with priority given to HCWs who are suspect cases.”
The Health department issued the statement on Tuesday, April 13, following reports that health workers in hospitals are not regularly tested.
DOH then asked HCWs to report to them hospitals not providing mandatory testing to healthcare workers.
“For hospitals not providing mandatory testing to healthcare workers as needed, HCWs are called on to report them directly to the DOH through the DOH Hotline 1555, or to the DOH Complaints Handling Unit at [email protected],” said DOH in an announcement.