DOH, AFP sending doctors to Cebu

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A desperate cry for help from overburdened medical front-liners battling a surge in new coronavirus cases in Cebu City has been answered — partly.

MILITARY SOLUTION An armored personnel carrier and Army trucks on Sunday rumble down the streets of Cebu City, which grapples with rising COVID-19 cases. At right, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and Carlito Galvez Jr., key officials enforcing the government’s response to the pandemic, field questions at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. | PHOTOS BY NESTLE SEMILLA AND NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The doctors—29 under the DTTB and 11 under the PRDP—will be fielded in four batches from June 30 to Sept. 15, inclusive of the 14-day quarantine periods.“The doctors will not be permanently deployed in Cebu City but will only provide relief,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. The SAF contingent brought to about a thousand the number of police personnel sent to the city to help enforce the enhanced community quarantine, which President Duterte reimposed on Cebu City due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

“Thank you,” said Dr. Peter Mancao, public relations officer of the group. “I hope their deployment here will be properly arranged.” COVID-19 cases are rising in rural communities due to the return of overseas Filipino workers and residents who had been stranded in Metro Manila to their communities, they noted.


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