Robredo's office launches free teleconsultation platform

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7)— The office of Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday launched a teleconsultation platform where patients can avail of free medical assistance from health professionals.

Dubbed the "Bayanihan E-Konsulta," Robredo's office said the platform is for outpatient cases—especially those with limited resources and access to medical services.

"This free service runs via Facebook page and Messenger, to help those who cannot afford to access medical services or other existing teleconsult platforms," it said in a statement.

The OVP said it received help from volunteer doctors and other health professionals, who will be conducting the teleconsultations. The new platform currently caters to outpatient cases in the NCR Plus, composed of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

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

Robredo expressed hope this new initiative will help decongest hospitals in the greater Manila area, where several facilities are already reporting critical and full capacity amid the spike in COVID-19 cases.

"Iyong mga pasyente, whether COVID or non-COVID, na hindi naman kailangang ma-hospitalize, at least kahit nasa bahay lang sila, mayroon silang medical help na matatanggap," Robredo said.

[Translation: The patients, whether COVID or non-COVID, who don't need to be hospitalized, at least even if they are only at home, they can receive medical help.]

COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 819,164 on Wednesday, with the Health Department reporting 6,414 more infections.

The Bayanihan E-Konsulta platform can be accessed here: bit.ly/BayanihanEKonsulta.