Resumption of patient admissions, services in Fabella hospital to depend on swab result

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) — The reopening of the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital will depend on the swab test result of its employees, the facility’s public information officer said Saturday.

The government-run maternal and newborn hospital in Manila temporarily stopped accepting patients on Saturday, and conducted mass testing of its staff after eight of them tested positive for coronavirus, Dra. Diana Rose Cajipe told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend.

“Lahat po ng services and admissions ng hospital ay temporarily suspended po muna,” Cajipe said.

[Translation: All hospital services and admissions are temporarily suspended.]

Cajipe advised Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital staff to subject themselves to swab testing, noting anyone of them may already be a carrier of the virus.

“Hindi natin alam kung sino sa atin … ang (We do not know who among us is already) infected with COVID-19. We have to undergo this mass testing,” she said.

The facility currently operates with a skeletal workforce, as those swabbed go through quarantine, Cajipe noted.