TeleHealth: Marikina LGU opens online consultation to reduce risk of viral exposure among residents

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  • The Local Government of Marikina City launched the TeleHealth program
  • Through this online medical consultation, residents of Marikina City can now inform doctors of their immediate medical concerns without going to the hospital
  • Marikina Mayor Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said the program aims to reduce risk of viral exposure 

In just a few clicks, Marikeños can now inform doctors of their immediate medical concerns withouth leaving the safety of their homes.

Thanks to the city’s TeleHealth program.

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To help patients get quick medical assistance amid the threat COVID-19, Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro launched the TeleHealth program on Monday, April 6. In partnership with TeleHealth Pilipinas, the local government introduced a program that provides immediate care for residents and, at the same time, protect frontliners.

“Itong application na ginagamit natin ay puwedeng i-download sa cellphone at sa iyong computer para sa ganoon ay makapag-chat kayo at makapag-video conference. May instruction ito kung paano ito i-download,” he said.

To have access on the online health service, one may go to https://pilipinastele.vsee.me/u/marikina or download the application VSee Messenger from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

“Marami sa ating mga kababayan, sa kanilang pananatili sa kanilang tahanan, may mga nararamdaman sa kanilang mga sarili, ang iba, nag-aalala o natatakot dahil maaaring sintomas ng COVID-19–iyong nahihirapan silang huminga, may ubo sila, may sipon. Hindi naman sila makalabas ng bahay dahil nga nasa quarantine, at kung lalabas, malaki ang posibilidad na kung COVID-19-positive ay makakahawa pa sila sa ibang tao,” the mayor noted.

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But now, the TeleHealth allows Marikina residents to seek medical assistance and receive medicines right at their doorstep.

“Kaya minabuti natin na magkaroon ng online medical consultation para habang nasa bahay sila ay may internet sila, puwede sila mag-download ng application na ginagamit natin sito sa online medical consultation,” he said.  “May doctor na sasagot sa kanila. Mayroon silang information, may forms sila na ipi-fill out nang sa gayon ay ma-assess ang tunay na kalagayan nila. At kung suspected COVID-19 case ay mayroon tayong dedicated ambulance at medical personnel na pupunta kung saan sila nakatira.”

Moreover, TeleHealth doctors regularly monitor persons under monitoring (PUMs).

“Tinatawagan sila ng ating mga doctor on a regular basis para kumustahin sila kung may symptoms sila na nade-develop o wala naman. Ganoon din, ang mga doctor ay naririto para sa ganoon ay naa-assess nang mabuti,” he noted.

‘No internet? No problem’

Meanwhile, the mayor said internet connection is not a problem as half of Marikina residents have internet access.

“Iyong sa kalahating walang access sa internet, isang option natin ay maglalagay tayo ng mga internet access sa mga health center or sa mga barangay hall natin na isolated ang kuwarto. Or through the community reporting, the traditional, conventional reporting na ginagawa natin na may City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU). ‘Yong kapitbahay inire-report ‘yong nakikita nila notifiable disease na nangyayari doon sa kanilang homeowners association president, may koneksyon sa CESU natin,” he noted.

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