DOH provides financial aid to health workers impacted by COVID-19

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The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reports its continuous distribution of financial assistance to health workers who succumbed to COVID-19 and those who became severely ill through the virus.

“Nakapag-release na po kami ng 53 checks for COVID-19 severe cases and 55 checks for COVID-19 related deaths,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

Vergeire said more checks for severe cases will be issued, and 5 more for COVID-19 deaths.

“We are now currently evaluating 79 cases of severe cases for health care worker and 20 more deaths,” she said.

Said cases would have to undergo validation to determine if their illness or death is related to COVID-19.

“Para mabigyan na natin sila ng kanilang benefits” she said.

[So we could immediately provide them the benefits.]

The Bayanihan to Heal As One Act mandates the DOH to assist families of health workers who died due to COVID-19 through P1 million in assistance, while health workers who became severely-ill will receive P100,000.

Vergeire said there are now 233 active cases of COVID-19 among health care workers. Currently, there 1,202 health workers who recovered from COVID-19.