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'Doctor tests negative,
did not violate protocol’


The doctor falsely accused of continuing to practice in Negros Occidental hospitals despite being tagged as a person under investigation for coronavirus disease has tested negative for COVID-19, her husband said yesterday.

The husband, who asked that their names be withheld, said it is not true that his wife had traveled to Hong Kong and continued to practice after she was identified as a PUI.

He said test results conducted in, Iloilo that were released Tuesday showed that his wife was negative for the virus.

His wife was never tagged as a PUI until about 3:40 p.m. of March 30, he said.

But his wife was not sick and did not exhibit nor seek medical attention for any COVID-related symptoms, he added.

His wife did not violate any protocols in the fight against COVID-19, he said.

Sagay Mayor Alfredo Maraņon III earlier said if the doctor had breached the COVID-19 protocols, the city government would file charges against her.

He also ordered the Alfredo Maraņon District Hospital in Barangay Bato, Sagay City, disinfected.

"I am thankful to Mayor Alfredo Maraņon III for his prompt and appropriate action to the disturbance that was caused by the false information that was sent to him," the doctor's husband said.

"The rumors are bare and blatant lies and have caused immense anxiety to my wife and my family," he said.

He also said his wife was never in hiding. "In behalf of my wife I maintained constant communication with the hospital heads and some government agencies to immediately address anything necessary," he said.

"My wife remains optimistic and looking forward to again serve the public, with other frontliners, in the fight against this pandemic," he added.

"We are very thankful for the family, friends and my wife’s private patients who sent their messages of support and thoughtful prayers," he added.*


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