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12 Filipino doctors have died fighting against COVID-19 in the line of duty

According to The Philippine Medical Association on Sunday, 12 Filipino doctors have died fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chair of the association commission on legislation, Dr. Oscar Tinio said, “We still have some other patients confined and fighting the illness at this time. Hopefully, we don’t add more to the list of deaths among our practitioners, our physicians." 

Tinio said over five percent of the country’s health workers are possibly on quarantine due to the nature of their work in directly dealing with the disease.

The physician also disclosed that Philippines doesn’t have enough nurses, as they would rather work “somewhere else,” Metro Manila has an over-concentration of physicians.

Tinio urged the Health department to increase the supply of medical equipment such as face masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs) in public and private hospitals.

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