Dental Clinic in the Philippines:
Dental clinic gives glimpse of new normal
MANILA – When dentists in the Philippines were allowed to reopen their clinics in June, patients were hesitant about showing up over fears of contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). To help patients feel safe about returning, oral healthcare professionals are taking all the maximum precautions.
Rizal-based dentist, Dr. Anna Jeanine Ferrer, 31, said they have also been dealing with the possibility of coming into contact with infectious diseases even before the pandemic — the only difference now is that infection control precautions are more stringent.
Based on the guidelines of the Philippine Dental Association, Ferrer said they have stopped accepting walk-in patients to prevent crowding in the clinic. Instead, telemedicine services will be used to screen patients.
“By appointment na kami ngayon. Before pumunta ang patient, we have online consultation muna. Assess muna namin if the case is urgent or emergency (We’re now by appointment. Before a patient visits our clinic, we have online consultations first. We assess if the case is urgent or emergency),” she told Philippine News Agency in an interview.
The whole Philippine medical team are trying their best to give the patients the best health care that we can get. We have to be extra careful at all times and fight this deadly invisible foe, the Covid-19 virus.