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Names of COVID-19 patients should not be publicized online – DOH

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The public and government officials have been warned by the Department of Health (DOH) not to post and share the names of COVID-19 patients in social media to protect their confidentiality in light of a health crisis.
DOH stressed that this action may breach the Data Privacy law.
"I'd like to call on the general public and also our officials na sana mas maging considerate tayo doon sa estado ngayon ng ating mga pasyente with COVID," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stressed.
(I'd like to call on the general public and also our officials that hopefully let us be more considerate to the status now of our patients with COVID-19.)
According to Vergeiri, COVID-19 patients deserve respect and people should eradicate the stigma and discrimination among those who are inflicted by the virus.
The statement of the official comes after receiving reports that there is a list of COVID-19 patients being shared on social media.
Under RA (Republic Act) on Notifiable Diseases says, sharing of information to health officials is allowed in order to address the health condition of an individual and provide proper intervention.
However, under the Data Privacy law, divulging names to the public is not permitted.
The DOH executive said that she is hoping that this will never happen again. (EB)

Last Modified: 2022-Jan-13 19.18.38 UTC+0800