Over 200 doctors and nurses in the country have contracted the coronavirus disease, the Department of Health confirmed on Wednesday. The agency sai
Over 200 doctors and nurses in the country have contracted the coronavirus disease, the Department of Health confirmed on Wednesday.
The agency said 252 health workers have tested positive for the deadly disease as shown in its latest data. Of this number, 152 or 65 percent are doctors, while 63 or 25 percent are nurses.
Twelve healthcare workers also succumbed to COVID-19, DOH said.
The department did not name other professions in the health sector that were included in the count.
This is the first time the DOH released data on the number of infected health workers. The agency recently included medical personnel with COVID-19 symptoms in the list of high-risk people who should get tested.
Earlier, the Philippine Medical Association gave a different number, saying 17 doctors died from COVID-19. The group said these deaths could have been prevented had there been enough protective gear.
Health officials have since procured one million sets of personal protective equipment to be distributed to different hospitals. These sets, containing N95 masks, surgical gowns, gloves, head cover and foot covers, will come in batches until April 24.