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Thursday, July 29, 2021
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Doctors plea for medical help, more vaccines

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A GROUP of doctors has appealed to the national government to help manage rising Covid-19 cases in Iloilo City and Province.

The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) Western Visayas–Panay Chapter sent June 15 an "urgent plea for medical assistance and vaccine allocation."

“We appeal for your kind consideration to provide support to our city and province in terms of the following: urgent allocation of more vaccines; Philhealth reimbursement to all hospitals; medical supplies/equipment such as ventilators and high flow nasal cannula; medications such as Remdesivir; and provision of more hospital personnel,” the group stated.

“With the current surge of the Covid-19 cases in Iloilo City and Iloilo Province, we, internists and frontliners have visualized and evaluated the current situation among our hospitals and health care facilities. Quality patient care has become compromised due to lack of medical supplies, manpower and funds,” it added.

Hospitals in the metropolis are now full as they also cater to patients from four other provinces from all over Panay Island. Some have already utilized hotel rooms to treat those manageable.

The need for augmentation was addressed to Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III who also chairs the Inter-Agency Task Force and Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez, Chief Implementer of National Task Force against Covid-19.

“We continue to be resilient as we face this challenge. We are currently working hand in hand with our LGU. We humbly ask for your consideration and approval of this request,” the doctors said. (PR)


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