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Six Ilonggo doctors contract coronavirus

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Six medical doctors in a private hospital in Iloilo City tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Mayor Jerry Treñas confirmed yesterday.

In a radio interview, Treñas said that the six doctors are affiliated with St. Paul’s Hospital in City Proper district.

According to the city mayor, the doctors were positive for Covid-19 based on the results of their real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. (https://bit.ly/2NIYGkd)

“I was informed that six medical doctors in Iloilo are positive in RT-PCR test. I have coordinated with the medical director and they are doing all the necessary protocols to ensure the safety of everyone. Let us do everything to ensure the safety of everyone, be safe all my beloved Ilonggos,” he said in a statement posted in his social media page.

Treñas said the six doctors have already been isolated and under quarantine.

In a statement, St. Paul’s Hospital said “We have always strictly complied with the Department of Health (DOH) directives to conduct RT-PCR testing among all our healthcare workers. We have protocols and processes to address the results of the said tests.

“Positive results are managed and contact tracing is done by the SPHI COVID Task Force in accordance with government guidelines. Our protocols for infection control have always been in place and strictly followed. These are in accordance with accepted standards to address the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of everyone working, confined in or visiting the hospital.”

Treñas said he will be seeking a dialogue with the Department of Health-Center for Health Development Western Visayas and the Office of the Civil Defense 6 to ask for advice on how to handle the hospital.