Home care, telemedicine for Covid patients pushed in NCR

MANILA. A health worker wearing a protective suit to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pushes an oxygen tank outside the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center emergency area as they wait for rooms to be vacated in Marikina City on Friday March 26, 2021. (AP)

WITH hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) filling up, some facilities are promoting home care and telemedicine services to ensure that coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients are still closely monitored and attended to in their homes.

The Medical City has partnered with Home Healthlink Innovations Inc. to provide a Covid home care program for suspected and confirmed cases with no or mild symptoms.

The program includes online day-to-day monitoring and assessment from a physician, as well as a visit from a doctor if necessary.

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The St. Luke’s Medical Center’s pulmonary medicine unit offers telemedicine services for suspected and confirmed Covid-19 cases.

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Natrapharm, Inc., a local pharmaceutical company, has launched the Natrapharm Health Information Program (HIP) to link patients and doctors amid the pandemic via an online platform. This caters to both Covid and non-Covid cases.

HIP is a virtual clinic that connects patients to over 7,000 validated doctors nationwide with extensive selection of specialties free of subscription and service fees.

The company said this caters to individuals who are afraid of going to the hospitals because of the pandemic, but need to consult a medical professional.

The HIP may be accessed through their website where patients can search for a doctor and schedule their consultation.

In a television interview on March 31, Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) president Jaime Almora urged Covid-19 patients with zero or mild symptoms to consult physicians online.

The same goes for those seeking consultations for concerns other than Covid-19, he added.

Almora said the country has already “lost” its battle against Covid-19 as hospitals are already overwhelmed by the large number of patients seeking hospital care.

He said the hospitals do not only lack beds but also nurses, doctors and other medical staff.

As of April 2, 51 hospitals in the NCR were classified as critical by the Department of Health (DOH) because Covid-19 occupancy rates have exceeded 85 percent.

There were 23 facilities at high risk, 11 at moderate risk and 69 that were still in the safe zone.

While the DOH tracker shows that some hospital beds are still available, social media posts about the difficulty of finding a hospital bed or room are being made by relatives and friends of Covid-19 patients who are in dire need of hospital care.

The DOH earlier said eight of its hospitals have requested modular tents to be able to accommodate more Covid-19 patients.

These are Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) at the Quezon Institute (QI), Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (Tala), Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Tondo Medical Center, National Center for Mental Health, Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP), National Kidney and Transplant Institute and San Lazaro Hospital (SLH).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said an additional 110 beds will open at the QI this week while another 160 beds will be made available within the month.

The NCR as well as the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal will remain under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 11. (SunStar Philippines)


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