Isko: Manila hiring med-techs vs COVID

August 15, 2020

THE city of Manila is currently hiring medical technologists to help in its fight against the COVID-19.

This was announced by Mayor Isko Moreno, who said that the city government needs at least 10 medtechs who will be assigned at the Sta. Ana Hospital which houses the city’s polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine being used to analyze samples taken from swab tests.

According to Moreno, the said medical personnel will be receiving a salary of P30,000 a month.  All they have to do is submit a letter of intent and a personal data sheet.

The move is part of efforts to beef up medical health workers in the city, amid the continuing rise in the number of COVID cases in the country.

The Sta. Ana Hospital headed by Dr. Grace Padilla as its director, serves as the city’s center of COVID treatment, being the location of the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center (MIDCC).

The city’s COVID test laboratory is also located in the said hospital, which has dedicated two floors for COVID patients alone.

Meanwhile, Moreno announced that after temporarily closing down the Ospital ng Maynila (OM) due to a contagion among the doctors themselves, it has now reopened with certain improvements introduced in its operations.

It will be recalled that the OM was closed down from July 31 to August 9 to give its medical personnel a breather and for them to focus in the meantime on their own health and safety. The hospital was also sanitized during its ten-day closure.

Moreno said OM reopened with an 82-bed capacity for COVID-19 cases and with a redesigned isolation area meant to accommodate more residents who get infected with the deadly virus.