ANKARA (BERNAMA) – At least 21 doctors have died in the Philippines due to the novel coronavirus, reported Anadolu Agency quoting local media.
The country has reported 177 deaths as the confirmed cases of COVID-19 has climbed to 3,764.
“Doctors who died due to the coronavirus was primarily due to patients lying about their condition or exposure history,” local broadcaster GMT quoted President of the Private Hospitals Association in the country Rustico Jimenez as saying. So far, 740 medical staff in the Philippines contracted the coronavirus and are under 14-day self-quarantine after suspected exposure, said the association.
Jimenez argued that the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and other health staff in private hospitals was also behind their deaths.
“Private hospitals do not receive PPEs, we buy our own. But at this point, it’s hard to buy supplies,” said Jimenez.