City’s telemedicine served 2,000 patients in home isolation
The number of calls made by volunteer doctors and other health professionals to Covid-19 home isolated patients using the city’s “Bantay Covid’ telemedicine digital platform reached 2,086 as of March 7 this year.
Health Services Officer Rowena Galpo said the number of home isolated patients in the city due to Covid-19 is 13, way lower than the 1,898 last Jan. 24.
This is attributed to the decreasing number of infections in the city, which prompted the Inter-Agency Task Force to put the city under Alert Level 1, the lowest alert status, since Feb. 1.
Galpo said the telemedicine platform has 153 registered users. There were 48 users in Jan. 24.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier said the free digital program was based on a similar program of Quezon City and was modified to fit the needs of local residents and spearheaded by the HSO in collaboration with the City Mayor’s Office’s Management Information and Technology Division and the Baguio-Benguet Medical Society.
The mayor said the system will allow those who are under home quarantine to interact with doctors and other health professionals.
He added the telemedicine app will also act as a monitoring device that will check on the progress of patients and gather appropriate data. – Gaby B. Keith