Chinese medical team to observe COVID-19 hospitals, quarantine facilities in PH

MANILA, Philippines, April 10 ------ The team of Chinese medical experts that recently arrived in the country will go around health care facilities catering to COVID-19 patients. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday said the Chinese specialists will visit COVID-19 referral hospitals, including the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City, as well as San Lazaro Hospital and Philippine General Hospital in the city of Manila. Also, Vergeire said the Chinese visitors will go to community quarantine facilities put up by the government to house COVID-19 positive persons with mild symptoms or who are asymptomatic, as well as persons under investigation (PUIs) and monitoring (PUMs) for disease infection. “All of these titingnan nila at magbibigay sila ng mga rekomendasyon sa atin base naman sa kanilang naranasan noong kanilang pinapatupad ang stringent measures nila doon sa kanilang bansa,” Vergeire said during a virtual press briefing. Their recommendations could be used in crafting the Philippines’ policies in addressing the pandemic, she added. The 12-member Chinese medical team is expected to stay in the Philippines until April 19. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said the Chinese medical experts will not practice medicine or treat COVID-19 patients in the country but would only give their “expert advice” from their Wuhan lockdown experience and clinical management of patients. Source: