Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pinay nurses with MERS now out of ICU


MANILA -- The two Filipino nurses diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) are no longer in critical condition, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.
DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said the two nurses have been discharged from the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in Saudi Arabia.
He added that the 29-year-old female nurse has stopped her hemodialysis and is recuperating in the hospital's private ward. She is also now able to speak.
The 32-year-old nurse, on the other hand, was already discharged from the hospital. She has also reportedly resigned from her job and has expressed intention to go back to the Philippines.
The DFA reiterated its reminder to Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to take extra precaution and pay attention to their personal hygiene to prevent contracting the disease.
Filipino workers in hospitals are also advised to strictly follow the infection prevention protocols of their hospital while those who will experience symptoms are advised to immediately report to the hospital for immediate treatment.
DFA encouraged Filipinos who may have been tested or infected with the virus to report their condition to the embassy as soon as possible, while assuring that their identities and conditions will remain confidential.

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