A TOTAL of 20 employees working at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) have tested positive for coronavirus as of Monday, September 21, liaison officer Dr. Bernard Rocha said.
Of the 20 coronavirus-positive employees, 11 are nurses, seven are doctors and two are pharmacists.
Rocha said one of the reasons why there is an increase in the number of NMMC healthcare workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 is due to lowered guards, as most of the Covid-19 cases they handle are close contacts of Covid-positive family members.
Some healthcare workers were also exposed to Covid-positive patients admitted to the Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease (Ereid) ward.
"Mao man na ang kasagara gahitabo on healthcare workers dealing with Covid-positive patients na usahay there is some breach along the way, mao na matakdan gyud sila," Rocha said.
"Maayo lang ana na all of our healthcare workers nga gikan sa NMMC, they have mild symptoms or asymptomatic and uban are on their way to recovery ug ang uban naka-recover na," he added.
Rocha said of the 20 NMMC employees who tested positive, 17 are active cases and three have already recovered from the virus.
The JR Borja General Hospital also recorded two nurses who are Covid-positive as of September 21, City Health Office Epidemiologist Dr. Joselito Retuya reported.
Retuya said private hospitals have also recorded one to three healthcare workers who tested positive for Covid-19.