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DOH tells dialysis patients to disclose COVID symptoms, treatment goes on

DOH tells dialysis patients to disclose COVID symptoms, treatment goes on

The Department of Health has called on dialysis patients to disclose their COVID-19 symptoms, if they ever have any, to their physicians, assuring them that they will still get their regular treatment even if they test positive for COVID-19.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in making the appeal, cited the situation in the early days of COVID-19 transmission in the Philippines when doctors and other health workers died because patients did not come clean of their COVID-19 symptoms.

“Huwag na po sana maulit iyong karanasan na iyon. Hindi po kailangan i-deny ang sintomas ng COVID-19 o kung may nararamdaman po sila because health workers know what to do,” Vergeire said in an online forum.

“Hindi po porket meron na silang COVID-19 symptoms ay hindi na sila magda-dialysis. Ang gagawin lang po, 'pag may sintomas [ng COVID-19], i-sa swab test kayo, and you will be isolated,” Vergeire added.

Vergeire noted that dialysis is a life saving procedure which will be administered to patients in need at all times, regardless if the patient has COVID-19 or not.

“May mga dialysis machines po para COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients kaya hindi niyo po kailangan itago ang sintomas [ng COVID-19] para po kayo ay makapagdialysis,” Vergeire said.

“Magkakaroon po kayo ng serbisyong ito kahit kayo po ang may COVID-19 symptoms,” Vergeire added.

The country has recorded 291,789 COVID-19 cases so far. Of this number, 230,643 recovered while 5,049 died.

The number of active cases is at 56,097. —LBG, GMA News