Chinese medicine Lianhua Quingwen given to coronavirus-infected individuals on home quarantine in Cainta - town mayor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — The local government of Cainta, Rizal has distributed the traditional Chinese medicine Lianhua Quingwen to coronavirus-hit individuals who are undergoing home quarantine as advised by consultant doctors in the municipality, Mayor Kit Nieto said Friday.

Nieto said in a briefing that Lianhua Quingwen — which was approved by the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration, but not for COVID-19 treatment earlier this month — “is being prescribed under strict doctor’s advice.”

“They (doctors) are mature enough to check on it and make sure that it is something that has efficacy and that is not detrimental to their [patients’] health,“ Nieto added.

According to the FDA, the prescriptive drug is approved as a “traditionally used product [that] helps remove heat-toxin invasion of the lungs, including symptoms such as fever, aversion to cold, muscle soreness, stuffy and runny nose.”

Nieto said aside from the herbal medicine, they also gave other medicines as well as pulse oximeters to COVID-19 patients. A pulse oximeter is an electronic device that is said to be helpful in assessing patients with lung illnesses.

The mayor noted that because of these measures, they were able to reduce the number of active cases to 198 from 203 in three days. Of the total number, 167 are currently on home quarantine.

He said the infected individuals from Cainta who are going through quarantine at home are assigned to a doctor. Each physician manages and monitors the health condition of at least five COVID-19 patients, he added.

He pointed out that initially, they have deployed 40 doctors, but that number increased to 42 as some physicians “volunteered their services.”

“With the number of doctors na nakatutok doon sa mga pasyente, lumaki 'yung probability namin na mas ma-manage lahat at matutukan at ma-declare alin doon 'yung mga recovered,” Nieto said.

[Translation: With the number of doctors monitoring the patients, the probability of managing all cases and declaring who among them have recovered got bigger.]

As of Thursday, the number of coronavirus infections in the Rizal town is 775, with 545 recoveries and 32 deaths.