Wed. Sep 22nd, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — For some, especially front-liners, it came as a flicker of extreme hope that all is not lost in the Philippines’ fight against the killer coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The Makati Medical Center (MMC) has reported on Monday that 29 COVID-19 patients have been discharged as they were given a clean bill of health from the highly infectious novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

And this, an official of MMC claimed as “an accomplishment that has lifted the spirits of its personnel.”

MMC medical director and interim co-CEO Saturnino Javier claimed all of the patients were now “all clinically improved, with several obtaining at least one negative COVID-19 result.”

Under the Department of Health (DOH) protocol patients are said to have fully recovered from the virus once they test negative twice.

“Without juxtaposing this against the [DOH] numbers, the number is still considerable— worthy of quiet applause to motivate our workforce,” Javier said.

The MMC averred that the treatment used on the patients “included a broad spectrum of antibiotics for atypical pneumonia (caused by different bacteria compared to those commonly causing pneumonia).”

“If COVID-19 pneumonia is suspected, a cocktail of antiretroviral drugs are added, which include chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine (used for malaria, which is caused by the protozoan parasite Plasmodium), lopinavir and ritonavir (used as treatments for HIV and AIDS), and oseltamivir (used as a treatment for influenza),” Javier said.

Aside from the recovered patients, Javier also shared another piece of good news and that’s about no one of MMC’s medical and nursing personnel in the emergency room had tested positive for the virus many feared and believed may have been infected by COVID-19 positive Sen. Koko Pimentel who accompanied his wife to the delivery room.

Two MMC personnel who were previously intubated in the intensive care on COVID-19 were now also in stable condition, with one of them already extubated Javier said.

Javier also mentioned Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel’s COVID-19 protocol violation proved a blessing in disguise as his actions “galvanized even more public support for health care professionals in the Philippines.”

“The blunder on a politician’s part proved to be a much-needed spark that fired more convictions in support of health care professionals — including the epicenter of the fiasco, Makati Medical Center,” Javier said. (ia/

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