Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Thursday approved the limited face-to-face classes in four medical schools in the city following a meeting with their representatives.
Moreno granted the request of Chinese General Hospital Colleges, Manila Theological College – College of Medicine, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) College of Medicine and the Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts and Sciences to allow medical students to be physically present.
Moreno acknowledged the significant role of the medical profession and allied health care services in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“Una, di natin maa-afford na isang taon na wala tayong ma-produce na doctors, nurses at allied colleges of medicine sapagkat ‘yung ibang subject ng magdo-doktor at nurse ay kailangan na pumasok sila physically at di makaka-graduate pag hindi ito ginawa,” Moreno said.
“They are our future medical frontliners so naturally, in their hearts and minds, alam nila how not to get infected… they know the worst case scenario,” he added.
He assured that the city government will provide free swab tests for the medical students.
According to Moreno, he is confident that school authorities will ensure safety protocols will be followed.
It was learned that PLM and Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts and Sciences represented by vice president Remedios Habacon both requested for the gradual opening of their clinical clerkship program.
The Manila Theological College – College of Medicine pushed to allow 4th year medical students to be allowed to conduct limited, in-hospital duty at the Tondo Medical Center.
While Chinese General Hospital Colleges wanted to bring back its hands-on, pre-clinical training and clinical rotation in the campus laboratory and hospital for students taking up Doctor of Medicine, BS Nursing, BS Medical Technology, BS Radiologic Technology and BS Physical Therapy.
Earlier, Moreno approved the request of the University of Santo Tomas and Centro Escolar University (CEU) for face-to-face classes and clinical training or internship in response to the need for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.
“Isang mahalagang trabaho sa panahon ng pandemic ang medical profession na tanging maasahan ng tao na kakalinga at sasagip ng buhay sa gitna ng panganib na dulot nang di inaasahang mga iba’t ibang sakit,” Moreno clarified.
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