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Coronavirus kills 3 Filipino doctors, 10 more others fighting for their lives

The Philippine government commended the “selfless and heroic deeds” of health workers as the Philippine medical community mourned the passing of three Filipino doctors who died from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Among the Cardiologist Israel Bactol from the Philippine Heart Center, anesthesiologist Gregorio Macasaet III of Manila Doctors Hospital and oncologist Dr. Rose Pulido at the San Juan de Dios Hospital succumbed to the disease in the last two days.

“We honor him as he lost his young life while fulfilling his duties as a doctor, a young cardiologist and a dedicated member of PHA,” Philippine Heart Center said in a statement.

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) said it “deeply mourns for our fallen colleagues who have died while serving on the front line in the fight against Covid-19.”

Dr. Macasaet’s wife Eva, has also contracted the virus and is in another isolation room according to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. He said Macasaet had already been intubated when he tried to call him. He instead reached the wife, who agreed to a pray-over through the phone.

Oncologist Dr. Rose Pulido at the San Juan de Dios Hospital is the third doctor died form COVID-19. Bishop David said there are at least 10 other doctors on the front line who are now themselves fighting for their lives.

As of Sunday, the Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 380 Covid-19 cases in the country, with 25 deaths. Many patients are still waiting for their test results.

At The Medical City, hospital president and chief executive officer Eugenio Jose Ramos said almost 140 of their health workers have been ordered to go into self-quarantine after they were exposed to Covid-19 patients.

1 comment:

  1. Rest in Peace Doctors
    Condolences to the family 😭


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