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Be truthful about travel histories, conditions, CHR urges patients

By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is urging patients to be truthful about their symptoms and travel histories in order to protect the health workers who are now risking their lives just to combat the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Commission on Human Rights (MANILA BULLETIN)

Commission on Human Rights (MANILA BULLETIN)

CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said that the sacrifices made by the front line workers during this health crisis are immense, but they also have the right to health and safety.

De Guia is calling on all patients to be truly honest about their conditions. She likewise urged the government to provide health workers with the proper equipment and protective gears to carry out their tasks.

“To truly honor their sacrifices, we reiterate our call for the expedient provision of sufficient protection gears and supplies, transportation, and other support that all front line workers need,” she said. “We also earnestly remind patients to be truthful about their travel histories and conditions so no more health workers are further imperiled.”

The CHR is calling for transparency and respect for human rights during the quarantine period in order to avoid any form of abuse that can mar the efforts to contain the virus.

“Let us remain vigilant and look after one another, especially the plight of the most disadvantaged sectors, so we can thwart and stand up against any violation that denigrates human dignity,” she said.

On Sunday, the Department of Health (DOH) said it is investigating reports that a doctor died after a patient lied about his or her travel history and medical condition in relation to COVID-19.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that patients need to be forthright about their exposure to COVID-19 positive patients and their travel activities so as not to put doctors and other health workers at risk.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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