FILE PHOTO: DOH Acting Secretary Jeanette Garin (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Thursday that the Filipina nurse from Saudi Arabia who was found positive with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is now getting better.
DOH Health Acting Secretary Janette Garin admitted that it was quite hard for them to treat the patient because she is one month pregnant.
“Those medicines which are prohibited to pregnants, we do not give this, and the baby is also being monitored by the obstetrician,” Dr. Garin said in an interview.
However the department assured that the said nurse is closely being monitored by the doctors and is currently confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine or RITM.
Aside from the nurse, her husband and her other relatives were also admitted to the hospital.
After undergoing tests, results showed that they are negative with the virus.
Garin reiterates that the public has nothing to worry because the department is doing all the efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.
“There is no reason to panic, the patient is being taken care of,” she said.
Based on the data of DOH, there are almost fifty people that have direct contact with the Filipina nurse.
February 1, when the 32-year old nurse came back to the Philippines.
February 10, when she was confined in a negative pressure room in RITM, due to fever, body aches, cough and difficulty in breathing which are symptoms of the disease.
Meanwhile, 63 of the 225 Saudia airline flight 860 passengers were already traced by the DOH.
The department is continuously calling on to other passengers to coordinate with them and undergo medical examination.
For other passengers of Saudia airline flight 860, just coordinate with DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 or 711-1002. (Joan Nano / UNTV News)