Makati Medical Center Denounces Sen. Koko Pimentel’s “Irresponsible and Reckless Action”

Makati Medical Center recently released a statement on the actions of Senator Aquilino Martin Pimentel III. They denounce his breach of Infection Control Protocols of the Makati Medical Center Delivery Room.

Senator Aquilino Martin Pimentel III breached MakatiMed hospital infection control protocols. March 24, 2020 -…

Posted by Makati Medical Center on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

(Some Philippine Hospitals Have Already Reached Maximum Capacity Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak)

The statement reads:

Last night [24 MARCH 2020], the strict infection and containment protocols of the Makati Medical Center Delivery Room Complex (MMC-DR) were breached by a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

Senator Aquilino Martin D. Pimentel III, whose result for COVID-19 testing turned out to be positive, brought his wife to the hospital for delivery via cesarean section. By being in MMC, Senator Pimentel violated his Home Quarantine Protocol, entered the premises of the MMC-DR, thus, unduly exposed healthcare workers to possible infection. As a result, a number of our nurses and doctors may need to be quarantined which will further deplete the dwindling workforce of the hospital. The entire Delivery Room Complex will have to undergo decontamination and disinfection before it can be used.

We denounce the irresponsible and reckless action of the senator. He added to the burden of a hospital trying to respond in its most competent and aggressive manner to cope with the daunting challenges of this COVID-19 outbreak. More than anyone else, Mr. Pimentel should have realized the ardent desire of every well-meaning Filipino and every dedicated healthcare institution to contain the spread of infection. His admonition for everyone to observe social distancing, enhanced community quarantine measures, washing of hands and personal hygiene are nothing but empty rhetoric because he himself violated all those.

By his actions, he contributed no solution. In fact, he created another problem — for Makati Medical Center, the very institution which embraced his wife for obstetric care.

We assure the public that the Makati Medical Center Delivery Room Complex has been decontaminated and disinfected and is now ready for use. The involved healthcare workers have been duly identified, evaluated, and will be quarantined, if the risk of exposure warrants it.

We fervently pray that none of our healthcare staff will acquire the viral infection. As we make this wish, we plead and urge everyone to do his share in quelling the spread of this infection — especially our nation’s duly elected leaders.

They seek to assure the public that stringent protocols for decontamination of the facility and evaluation of involved healthcare workers have already been done.

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