Vice President Leni Robredo called on the government to put up safer facilities for critically ill patients to separate them from coronavirus patients in the country’s hospitals.

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Vice President Leni Robredo
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Robredo said cancer and kidney disease patients need to undergo the necessary chemotherapy, radiation, and dialysis treatments, but not in hospitals with COVID-19 cases. 

“Ilagay sila sa isang facility na sobra, sobrang safe (Put them in a facility that is really safe),” she said in an interview with G3 San Diego over Instagram. 

The vice president said these severely ill patients are at risk of contracting the deadly coronavirus if  they are admitted in major hospitals with COVID-19 cases.

“Delikado ’yung exposure lalo na kasi silent ang ating kalaban, invisible (They face the risk of  exposure  especially since our enemy is silent, invisible),” she said.

“Yung bawasan ang exposure kung pwede magkaroon ng facility outside ng mga hospitals na may COVID patients (We can lessen the exposure if we will have a facility outside the hospitals with COVID patients),” Robredo said.

The Philippines is currently in the top 20 countries around the world with the most number of COVID-19 cases. As of October 12, the country has confirmed 342,816 coronavirus cases, with 293,152 recoveries, and 6,332 deaths.

Health experts have warned against the ill-effects of the coronavirus on non-COVID-19 patients with critical illness.

Robredo said a separate facility must be dedicated to cancer and kidney patients to protect them from infections.

“May mga kailangan talaga ng treatments na hindi maiiwasang lumabas ng bahay, ito kasi ang kailangang gawan ng programa (For those who really need to go outside for treatment, a program has to be made for them),” she said.

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