Hospital in Manila halts operations after 7 doctors contract virus

(From Fabella Hospital website)

THE government-run Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila has indefinitely suspended its operations after seven of its doctors tested positive for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In a radio interview, Fabella Hospital public information officer Dr. Diane Cajipe said operations were suspended beginning Friday, October 23, 2020.

The hospital ceased to admit patients. Its outpatient services were also suspended to give way to the disinfection of the facilities.

"We are letting everyone know that, as of today, Fabella Hospital is stopping admission, both pregnant patients and infants," said Cajipe.

"Even our Outpatient Division and other services, such as laboratory, ultrasound, X-ray, all are suspended until further notice," she added.

The hospital is a national special tertiary hospital for obstetrics, gynecology and pediatric cases.

Cajipe said the suspension of operations will also pave the way for contact tracing and mass testing of all healthcare workers of Fabella Hospital.

"It will be difficult to identify the source of the infection. But one thing we know, based on evidence, is that they are the group of doctors that were on duty," she said.

Cajipe said the doctors are currently isolated and are asymptomatic. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)


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