Another eminent doctor in the country has taken life by the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Dr. Robert “Bobby” Anastacio died fighting the respiratory disease last April 10, Friday.
“We remember and mourn a colleague, Dr. Roberto Anastacio, who once chaired the Cardiac Graphics Section of the Philippine Heart Center before eventually moving to the University of Sto. Tomas as member of the faculty and consultant of the same university as well as of Makati Medical Center. He too fell prey to this dreadful COVID virus while in confinement at MMC. We weep with the family as we entrust his soul to our Lord, the Almighty. Rest in peace, Dr. Bobby Anastacio. Your mentees who are now mentors themselves all remember you with fondness and great respect for the teacher that you were.” from a statement released by Philippine Heart Center (PHC).
The Makati Medical Center honors Dr. Anastacio who was part of the institution for 30 years. “We grieve the loss of a friend, family, a colleague, a health warrior, and a MakatiMed Physician, Roberto “Bobby” V. Anastacio, MD.” posted on their Facebook Page, April 14. “His dedication and legacy will continue to serve as an inspiration among us, and his selfless sacrifice shall not be in vain as we all unite as one in fighting this battle.”
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There are already 252 health workers infected with COVID-19, 152 are doctors while 63 are nurses, according to the Department of Health (DOH), on April 8, 2020. Moreover, DOH reported the number of local cases of COVID-19 has passed the 5,000 mark as of 4 p.m., April 14, Tuesday. There are 5223 confirmed cases, 335 fatalities, and 295 recoveries, as of this writing.