DOH: 152 doctors, 63 nurses now battling COVID-19

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday (April 7) reported for the first time the number of healthcare workers infected with the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health, Dr. Beverly Ho revealed that a total of 252 healthcare workers are now infected with COVID-19.

Of this number, 152 are doctors and 63 are nurses.

So far, a total of 12 healthcare workers have died from COVID-19.

This is why the Department has again reminded all hospitals of their responsibilities to their workforce especially in adjusting their schedule of duty so that they can also look after their health.

“Para naman po sa mga hospital, may flexibility ang kanilang pamunuan upang ipatupad ang duty schedule na angkop sa kanilang sitwasyon, (Hospital management may apply flexible duty schedules that fit their situation),” Ho said.

Based on the latest report of DOH, the Philippines has recorded an additional 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total to 3,870, including the 252 healthcare workers. – MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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