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DOH reiterates conditions when home quarantine is allowed for COVID-19 patients


The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reiterated the conditions set before allowing an asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 patient to undergo home quarantine.

"Ang masasabi ko lang ang ating mga pasyente basta mild and asymptomatic ay talagang wala sila sa ospital. Kasi ang ino-ospital natin talaga ay 'yung mga severe at critical cases," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV.

"'Yung mga nasa labas, mga mild and asymptomatic. They might be in our temporary treatment facilities na meron tayo sa mga local government at saka dito sa Metro Manila mga mega facilities or baka nasa bahay nila nagka-quarantine," Vergeire said.

The Health official said the DOH is very strict in allowing a mild or asymptomatic patient to undergo home quarantine instead of going to isolation facilities managed by local government units or various agencies.

"May mga kondisyon tayo para ang isang tao ay mag-home quarantine. Kung hindi niya mami-meet 'yang mga kondisyon na 'yan, hindi siya puwedeng mag-home quarantine. Kailangan ilagay siya sa isang quarantine facility," Vergeire said.

"Ang mga kondisyon natin (ay) kailangan may sarili siyang kwarto, may sarili siyang banyo. Kailangan walang matanda o buntis sa kanilang bahay at saka kailangan namo-monitor siyang maigi ng Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams ng local health office sa mga local government," she said.

Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams must also regularly monitor the condition of the home quarantined patient for a period of 14 days. They must also ensure that the patient will not go out of his/her home.

"Kung hindi niya 'yan ma-comply, kailangan nasa quarantine facilities sila," the Health official emphasized.

While home quarantine is encouraged, Vergeire said different government agencies and local government units are working to put up more temporary facilities.

On Friday, the Philippines has recorded a total of 63,001 COVID-19 cases. Of this number, 21,748 recovered while 1,660 died. The total number of active cases is 39,593. —KG, GMA News