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OVP launches Facebook page for tele-consultation

Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday launched a Facebook page— “Bayanihan E-Konsulta” which is intended to help patients of COVID-19 and other diseases get medical attention through tele-consultation.

In a Facebook live, Robredo said the platform was created as they were bombarded with calls and messages seeking help to find a hospital that can accommodate patients.

Admitting that her office is facing limitations, the Vice President asked for help from different medical groups and professionals to launch the Facebook page.

So far, there are 2,300 volunteers who have signed up to help in the operations of “Bayanihan E-Konsulta.”

“Ang gusto po naming i-target dito ay ‘yung mga pasyente na hindi maka-access sa mga existing platforms either because wala silang pambayad sa doktor or mayroon namang mga free tele-consult service pero ‘yung iba di maka-access dahil wala silang [mobile] data,” Robredo said.

She said the Facebook page can be accessed through free data and its comment section is disabled to ensure that this platform will be solely used for tele-consultation.

Robredo also emphasized that non-COVID-19 patients can also seek attention from the Facebook page.

She, however, clarified that they are only limited to consultations and they cannot refer them to hospitals.

“Mayroon po tayong existing protocol na pag hospitalization na talaga ang kailangan ire-refer po kayo sa One Hospital Command at tutulungan po namin kayo na maka-access pero ‘yun po ang isa sa ating mga limitation,” she said.

Over the weekend, Robredo called on the government to “rush” the establishment of a website that would give real-time updates on hospital bed vacancies.

On Tuesday, the Philippines’ tally of COVID-19 cases soared to 812,760 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 9,373 new infections.

The current utilization rate of Intensive Care Unit beds are at 82 while the isolation beds are at 71 in the National Capital Region.—AOL, GMA News