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DOH to hospitals: No turning down of patients despite coronavirus crisis

/ 06:09 PM April 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reminded hospitals to continue to provide essential health care services and don’t turn away patients even as the country is grappling with a public health emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak.

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The health department issued the call after reports reached its office that some hospitals are refusing admission to patients because of alleged “overcrowding” due to COVID-19 patients.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reminded hospitals that the DOH had issued an order mandating them and other health care facilities to continue providing essential services despite the health crisis.

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“Hindi po pwede na dahil puro COVID-19 po ang sinasabi ng ating mga ospital ay nakalimutan na po natin ang ibang sakit na maaaring nararanasan ng ating mga kababayan,” Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.

The health official cited the following as among the essential services hospitals should continue to provide, citing Department Circular 2020-0167 issued March 23:

(1) Antenatal and postpartum care services including Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care

(2) Essential Intrapartum and Newborn Care, especially the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding

(3) Immunization for children 0-12 months

(4) Management of malnutrition and micronutrient supplementation

(5) Screening, testing, and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV

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(6) Mental health services

Vergeire said local government units (LGUs) should ensure that provision of essential health services in their areas remain open during COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte warned hospitals turning away critically ill patients of facing charges after reports received by his office revealed that a patient died in Cabanatuan City after being refused admission by six hospitals.

“You know that’s wrong. So if that’ true, I will really ask the justice department to prosecute you. You know that’s not allowed,” Duterte said in his late Monday night public address.

“Everyone who is sick — heart attack, appendicitis, a brain that ruptured– especially government hospital, my order is must accept admission.  You fail on that, I will relieve all of you in the hospital and you consider yourselves suspended because the written order will follow,” he added.

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For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

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