UP webinar to tackle COVID-19 and its impact on the Philippine healthcare system

| Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office


The recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region and contiguous areas has had profound effects on our health care systems. Hospitals are barely able to accommodate COVID and non-COVID patients. Local government units are unable to keep up with the pace of testing and contact tracing needed, and communities that are going hungry with the extended quarantines.

In this episode of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series, the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) shares its lessons learned from a surge in early March 2021 that shut down certain parts of the hospital. The webinar will include a discussion on the important role that genetic sequencing has played in affirming and prioritizing contact tracing, isolation, and education of individuals who may have been exposed to patients who contracted any of the new variants. The role of telemedicine in decongesting the crowded hospitals of Metro Manila is presented.

The 51st installment in the webinar series, which recently marked its first-year anniversary, is titled “SOS: Save Our Systems from the COVID-19 Surge”. It will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 12:00 noon.

Dr. Nina Berba, head of infectious disease control at the UP-PGH, will be the main presenter. Reactors are Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, UP-PGH Director; Dr. Eva Cutiongco de la Paz, UP Manila National Institutes of Health Executive Director; Dr. Raymond Sarmiento, Director of the UP Manila National TeleHealth Center, National Institutes of Health; and, Dr. Sito Nunez, Chief of East Avenue Memorial Medical Center.

Register for this special edition of the “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series here: bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar51