Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has apologized to the management of Makati Medical Center (MMC) for breaching COVID-19 containment protocols by going to the hospital to accompany his wife who is about to give birth when he is infected with the virus.
“I apologize to MMC for being in their hospital in the evening of 24 March 2020 which they deemed to be a breach of their safety/containment protocols,” Pimentel said in a statement.
The senator said he arrived in the hospital at around 6 to 7 p.m. but immediately left the hospital after receiving a call from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) at p.m. informing him that the result of his COVID-19 confirmatory test turned positive.
Pimentel clarified that he was wearing facemask and gloves and was experiencing mild symptoms during his stay at the MMC.
“I never intended to breach any protocol but I realize now that my presence in MMC unnecessarily caused additional anguish and concern to the courageous frontline health workers we all depend on. I was simply there to be with my wife during the birth of our daughter,” he stated.
The senator said he took a COVID-19 test after learning that his other colleagues had themselves tested and out of precaution because I was living with a pregnant wife who was nearing the time of childbirth.
The MMC has denounced Pimentel for entering the hospital’s delivery complex, saying the senator exposed health workers to possible infection.
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