THE Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday, August 2, 2020, asked health workers in the provinces and returning overseas health workers to provide assistance to their exhausted colleagues in Metro Manila.
The agency also asked universities and medical societies to help scout for more doctors, nurses and other medical staff who may be hired as part of a rapid response team that will help attend to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients in Metro Manila or National Capital Region.
“It is not an understatement to say that your brethren in the NCR need your help,” the agency said in a statement, which was issued a day after the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) called for a “timeout” and asked the government to re-impose an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the NCR.
The agency said it will provide hazard pay, accommodations, transport, personal protective equipment (PPE), and psycho-social, emotional and mental support.
Other steps that DOH will take: