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The Need to Increase Supply of Medical Workers and Build Telemedicine Infrastructure to Prepare for Future Public Health Crises

The COVID-19 pandemic covering most of the world has put a spotlight on medical workers and has rekindled an appreciation for their importance and heroism during times of public health crises. In the Philippines, more than 2,669 healthcare workers have been infected by COVID-19 as of June 1, 2020, according to the Department of Health (DOH). Of those infected, 32 have died, including 26 doctors and four nurses, based on the same DOH data. Although losing any life to COVID-19 is tragic, losing medical workers is doubly tragic because of their role in saving lives during this pandemic and because they are already in scarce supply in the country.


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