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Private Hospitals Remindedby DOH Not To Refuse Patients Suspected for Coronavirus

DOH – The Department of Health reminded the private hospitals not to refuse the patients who are suspected for the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).

Recently, the health department confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the Philippines. The patient is a Chinese woman, 38 years of age, who came from Wuhan City through Hong Kong.

The said patient visited several places in the Philippines before she was admitted in a hospital in Manila. She had trips to the province of Cebu and to Dumaguete City in Negros.

The health department is now tracing the people who were in contact with the Chinese woman including the staff of the hotels where she stayed. According to health secretary Francisco Duque, she is currently asymptomatic or showing no symptoms.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque
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The symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus are similar to the signs of flu. The patient may have cough and may also experience fever and shortness of breath.

Currently, China where it was first recorded is under a coronavirus outbreak. Nearly 8,000 people are infected and at least 160 died in just a few days.

In the Philippines, medical masks are running out of stocks now following the confirmation of the 1st case of nCoV in the country. Recently, the DOH aired a reminder to the private hospitals over patients suspected for coronavirus.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Health Secretary Francisco Duque expressed that the private hospitals were already reminded not to refuse patients suspected for nCoV. Also, he assured that the private hospitals have already set isolation rooms following the directive released.

Currently, the Chinese woman that went positive for nCoV is confined in a government hospital in Manila. The DOH assured that certain measures to prevent further infection are implemented.

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