DOH issues reminder: Respect privacy of COVID-19 patients

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday issued a reminder on respecting the privacy of patients infected with coronavirus disease after receiving reports that lists with names of COVID-19 patients are being shared on social media.

The Philippine health department said the Law on Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events mandates health authorities to “access personal information to enable effective response” but also requires to “ensure patient privacy and confidentiality of the personal information entrusted to them.”

DOH said relevant information should only be shared to public health authorities who are knowledgeable of maintaining data privac…

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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