Covid19 patients experiencing mild symptoms are now being offered home care services from hospitals, according to Department of Health Technical Working Group member, Dr. Anna Ong Lim.
This was established in response to a need to ensure that an infected family member is attended to, especially as the shortage in healthcare workers continues.
“So this is one portal that we can use so that at the outset, we have a healthcare professional guiding us on the steps to be able to provide home care for our family member,” she said.
One such package from a certain hospital will provide 10 days of home care at P17,000. Laboratory tests, vitamins and 10 telemedicine sessions with a doctor and a nurse are included.
Only one healthy family member is advised to be the caregiver, who needs to be able to establish contact with the patient in order to evaluate their condition and see if they are getting better or getting worse at the earliest possible instance.
They should also be able to monitor the patient’s respiratory rate, blood pressure and oxygen level.
However, those experiencing persistent chest pain, difficulty in breathing, inability to form a sentence, confusion and/or inability to stay awake, must be brought to a hospital right away.
Lim clarified that not all patients are eligible for home care and that risk factors of each one should be assessed as well as the capacity of their environment.
In a bid to help further decongest hospitals, the Philippine Medical Association is also tapping passenger ships that can be converted into emergency Covid19 hospitals, to be manned by the group’s members.
This means that patients would not need to wait to be admitted, they said.
Hospital ships can also dock at different ports in the NCR+ bubble and can be partnered with land-based hospitals as their extension facility.