Robredo's 'e-Konsulta' project provides free COVID-19 care kits for patients

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) — COVID-19 patients who have used the teleconsultation platform recently launched by the Office of the Vice President may also now get a free COVID-19 care package containing basic tools and medicines that can help them monitor their health status while in recovery.

Under Vice President Leni Robredo's "Bayanihan E-Konsulta" project, COVID-19 patients may be provided with a thermometer, a pulse oximeter, medicines, and even a disinfectant while undergoing quarantine at home. The kits also come with monitor sheets and other instructions recommended by doctors for home care.

"Nagpapadala kami ng mga COVID care packages, na yung mga basic na kailangan nila nandoon na," Robredo said Sunday in her weekly radio show.

[Translation: We send out COVID care packages that cover the basic needs of the patients are already there.]

According to Robredo, some of those who used the teleconsultation platform reported that they do not have some of the basic needs that can help them and the volunteer doctors assess their health further.

"Tatanungin ng doktor, ano ang temperature, ano ang oxygen level, kaso walang oximeter, walang thermometer. Yung iba kahit nasa bahay hindi din nakakabili ng gamot. So itong COVID care package na pinapadala namin, kahapon kami nag-umpisa, kinukumpleto namin yung basic na kailangan," she said.

[Translation: The doctor would usually ask for the temperature, oxygen level, but the patient neither has an oximeter nor a thermometer. So this COVID care package that we've been sending out — we started yesterday — this completes their basic needs.]

Volunteer doctors and health personnel are currently providing free medical services under the e-Konsulta platform which currently caters to outpatient cases in the NCR Plus, composed of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal. Consultations can be done via Facebook Messenger.

Aside from consultation services, the OVP previously said the online page also provides necessary information on COVID-19 response, including protocols on testing and quarantine.

READ: Robredo's office launches free teleconsultation platform 

The OVP also recently launched its Swab Cab project, a free mobile antigen testing program in partnership with non-profit groups and local government units to help detect COVID-19 cases in localities where transmission is very high.

The program was able to test over 1,300 residents in Malabon on its first week.

READ: OVP launches free mobile antigen testing program to help LGUs detect COVID cases