Makati Med Denounces Koko Pimentel's Violation of Quarantine

The senator tested positive for COVID-19 and accompanied his wife to the hospital.

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(SPOT.ph) The Makati Medical Center released a statement on March 25 denouncing Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III's violation of his Home Quarantine Protocol, in the process exposing the hospital's health workers and patients to COVID-19. The statement came after Pimentel said he had gone with his pregnant wife Kathryna to the Delivery Room Complex on March 24, despite having been tested for the virus on March 20.

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"Yes (I was with Kath yesterday) as she was scheduled to give birth this morning. I received the call from RITM when I was already in the hospital last night hence I left immediately," he said. The senator had fever, sore throat, body pain, and diarrhea on March 18

According to a report on CNN Philippines, the senator confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 25. The hospital says his decision to go with his wife despite instructions for quarantine unduly exposed health workers and other patients to possible infection. This means several nurses and doctors will have to go through quarantine due to exposure, which will decrease the hospital's already limited workforce. 

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Makati Medical Center medical director and interim co-CEO Saturnino P. Javier, MD said that the guidelines the senator himself advocated for against the disease "became nothing but empty rhetoric because he himself violated all those." He added that the senator's actions "contributed no solution. In fact, he created another problem" for the institution that took his wife in for obstetric care.

Javier assured the public that Makati Medical Center's Delivery Room Complex has been properly sanitized and is ready for use, and the involved medical staff have been identified, evaluated and will be quarantined, if the risk of exposure warrants it. 

He ended the statement urging everyone to follow protocols, especially the nation's leaders.

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