LIST: Medical groups, doctors open online consultations to decongest COVID-swamped hospitals

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With hospitals getting full due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some medical groups and physicians have opened online consultation services— in an effort to decongest the frontlines.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines)— As the whole world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, more challenges and roadblocks pile up for the medical community— including the Philippines' own health sector.

The COVID-positive cases in the country are rising by the day, prompting some hospitals to close their doors to patients after reaching their full capacities.

In line with this, some medical groups and physicians have opted to open online consultation services— to help decongest medical facilities.

Here are some online consultation services that you can avail of— whether it's for a physical or mental health inquiry:

COVID AskForce

The Lung Center of the Philippines recently launched the "COVID AskForce" — an online portal for all your inquires regarding COVID-19.

The group, set up in partnership with students from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, has been doing thousands of online consultations with over 600 volunteer-doctors.

"It's a way of limiting or decongesting our frontlines," Dr. Virginia Delos Reyes, founder of the Lung Center COVID AskForce, told CNN Philippines' The Source.

"Our countrymen, they've been disconnected from our doctors for a long time, with this online platform, we'll be able to reach out to them, give them the information, and allay somewhat their fears," she added.

Coalition for People’s Right to Health

The Coalition for People's Right to Health can be reached both through landline (02 8806-1306) and online (via Faceboook Messenger.)

UP Diliman Psychosocial Services

The University of the Philippines Diliman Psychosocial Services is offering "telepsychotherapy" to university students, faculty and staff. COVID-19 frontliners can also avail of the services for free.

MindNation

Mental health organization MindNation is also offering online psychologist consultations for Philippine-based employees.

For more details, click here.

Manila Doctors Hospital Pulmonology Postgraduate also launched a free online consultation portal for COVID-related symptoms.

Several doctors have also started individual consultations through their social media pages, including a veterinarian, who welcomed concerns on vet-related issues.

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