Over 100 student interns stay on duty at PGH to help COVID-19 fight

UP student PGH COVID-19
The UP Philippine General Hospital. Photo courtesy of Philippine General Hospital.

Over 100 student interns at the University of the Philippines-run Philippine General Hospital (PGH) have stayed on duty to help health workers care for patients, despite being allowed to go home during the Luzon-wide quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UP social media made a gratitude post on March 17, 2020, welcoming the interns who chose to stay on to keep the fight against the coronavirus disease:

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“Last March 14, 2020, the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges gave out a directive to pull out medical interns out of all NCR hospitals. However, over 100 interns at the Philippine General Hospital volunteered to go back on-duty to help the patients and the remaining health care workers in the hospital.

“The PGH Administration has since welcomed these reinforcements with assurances of PPE, food, lodging, and standby medical care for all of them.

“The University salutes the hard work and bayanihan spirit among the frontliners, health workers, and medical professionals in the country’s battle against COVID-19.

“Mabuhay po kayo!”

The PGH is considered the biggest modern government tertiary hospital in the Philippines. It was announced today to be one of the Philippine hospitals dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients.

The UP is the Philippines’ world top-ranking university. UP community members have been at the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19, with a cheaper Rapid Diagnostic Test Kit developed by the UP National Institutes of Health, and has been calling for donation for healthcare workers at the Philippine General Hospital.

Students from Industrial Designers, Chemists, and Engineers from the College of Fine Arts, College of Science, and College of Engineering in UP Diliman had also developed a design for a sanitation tent that can be used to help stop the spread of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

SEND CHEERS to the UP PGH student interns for their choice to stay on duty to help assist health workers servicing patients of COVID-19!

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