Manila, Philippines – Nearly 600 doctors and nurses volunteers to help battle COVID-19 in the country.
Nearly 600 Filipino doctors and nurses have volunteered to support the fight against COVID-19, responding to the call of the health department for support as the number of cases in the country continues to grow.
593 “health warriors” had signed up to be assigned in three government hospitals designated by the Department of Health for COVID-19 patients, Health Undersecretary Marie Vergeire said in a press briefing last March 28.
She earlier appointed the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, the Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City, and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City as referral centers for COVID-19 patients.
She added that they will implement a “two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off” policy for volunteer health workers. “In each two-week duty, the healthcare worker must undergo a two-week quarantine period,” she said.
The DOH’s call for volunteers followed an appeal from several overwhelmed private hospitals whose staff and resources have been swamped by an influx of COVID-19 patients and suspected cases in their facilities.
“And now we are going to call on volunteers, we will post, volunteer doctors, nurses… for the augmentation of staff for these three hospitals,” Vergeire said in an interview.