Philippine Heart Centre doctor succumbs to Covid-19


A doctor working at the Philippine Heart Centre (PHC) has passed away after battling Covid-19.

Dr Israel Bactol, an adult cardiology fellow, died on Saturday, the hospital announced on its website.

“It’s a very sad day for the Philippine Heart Centre. We lost our second-year adult cardiology fellow, Dr Israel Bactol, ” said PHC executive director Dr Joel M. Abanilla in a bulletin on Saturday.

Abanilla said that Bactol did not have direct contact with coronavirus patients and was not in any of the Covid-19 wards.

“His symptoms actually began even before the community quarantine got off. An assiduous contact tracing continues, ” he said.

The executive director recalled when news of Bactol’s death was announced. “We got wind of it in the midst of our Incident Command Post morning meeting. We paused, we prayed, with a few unable to control their tears, ” he said.

“We can only question why this young trainee with a promise of a bright future as a cardiologist had to be the one to go. We have no answers.

“Yet we rest on God’s reassurance that He reigns Supreme and that He is in control. We need to collect ourselves, no matter how heavy our hearts are and move on for the sake of those who continue to need our services now more than ever, ” he added. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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