700 Filipino doctors volunteer to provide free online consultation for patients amid COVID-19

  • About 700 doctors have already volunteered as part of the Lung Center COVID-19 Ask Force
  • It aims to provide free consultation services online so that people at home can make sure that their health is in check
  • It also aims to decongest hospitals which had been dealing with various COVID-19 cases

Hundreds of Filipino doctors joined forces to offer free consultation services online to patients so they won’t have to go to the hospital during the enhanced community quarantine.

Image by Lung Center Ask Force via Facebook

About 700 doctors have already volunteered as part of the the Lung Center COVID-19 Ask Force, which aims to provide free consultation services online so that people at home can make sure that their health is in check.

According to a report, the initiative started when a group of doctors thought of taking part in online consultations. Their colleagues later invited their fellow medical practitioners to form the Ask Force.

At present, more than 100 of the volunteer doctors attend to consultations every morning at 8 am to 11 am and every evening at 7 pm to 10 pm. The group decided to designate shifts so that doctors who need to go to the hospitals won’t get burned out.

Image by Lung Center Ask Force via Facebook

It was bared that since the establishment of COVID-19 Ask Force last March 19, they have already done more than 3,000 online consultations. It was also disclosed that most of their patients consulted about experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19 symptoms “but most cases are only classifiable as person under investigation requiring home quarantine.”

The Ask Force said they have been doing consultations to Filipinos of all ages and regardless of their backgrounds, as they “aim to provide the highest possible quality of consult and reassurance, given our limited resources.”