An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) frontliner who is currently based in Doha, Qatar is asking his home country’s citizen to follow government’s directives and orders amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Stephen Fuentes, an OFW from Romblon who is currently working as Senior Laboratory Technologist in Communiciable Disease Center at Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, said that Covid-19 pandemic should be taken seriously by Filipinos to avoid the spread of the virus.
“First let’s take this covid-19 pandemic seriously, not lightly. And we need to be well informed about this problem,” Fuentes told Romblon News Network’s Rodne Galicha in an online interview Wednesday.
“We must obey what the Philippine government and those experts say, so that our health will not be in danger,” he added.
He added that not only the elderly where vulnerable to this infection.
During the interview, Fuentes also shared that the Communicable Disease Center in Qatar are also obtaining blood plasma from people recovering from coronavirus just like what the Department of Health (DOH) in the Philippines is doing.
The collected blood plasma will be administered to the patient who are currently in need of healing, as this plasma help the patient to enhance their resistance to the virus.
In an earlier report, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, said convalescent plasma therapy is currently available only at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
As of 4pm of April 15, the Department of Health recorded 5,453 total number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines with 353 recoveries and 349 deaths.