THE Office of the Vice President launched the “Bayanihan e-Konsulta” to assist medical frontliners as hospitals in Metro Manila continue to be swamped by coronavirus patients.
“Marami na po kaming programa ng nai-roll out, pero palagay namin, kulang na kulang pa (We have already rolled out several programs, but in our opinion, those are still not enough),” Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said on Wednesday. “Hindi pwedeng wala kaming gawin (We cannot just stay still.)”
Robredo said her office had been bombarded with calls for help from relatives of patients who cannot be accommodated in hospitals. This prompted her to meet with various experts and groups of health professionals during the Holy Week to come up with ways to address the situation.
The “Bayanihan e-Konsulta” Facebook page is devoted to consultations and Covid-19-related news and information. All available teleconsultation services, as well as hospitals and quarantine facilities within Metro Manila and four other provinces, will also be posted on the page.
“Attempt po ito na kahit papaano makatulong tayo maka-decongest ng hospitals; para mapadali ’yung kahirapan na pinagdadaanan, lalo na [nu’ng] mga may karamdaman ngayon (This is our attempt to somehow help decongest hospitals; to ease the burden, especially on the sick).”