Asian Hospital loses doctor to COVID-19: 'We have lost a friend, mentor'


Posted at Apr 06 2020 04:46 PM

MANILA - Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) has lost one of its specialists to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and called on the public to say a prayer for the fallen health warrior. 

"Sorrow befalls upon our hospital as we have lost one of our own in the fight against this pandemic, Dr. Mary Grace Lim," the premiere tertiary hospital said in a statement Monday. 

"We have lost a remarkable doctor, a good friend, and mentor to our budding health care workers," the hospital added, noting that Lim was "a great patient safety advocate who was an instrument in sealing the deal of our third Joint Commission International Reaccreditation."

"Today, heaven welcomes another angel who willingly risked her life to help save others," it said. 

The hospital said that while it was grieving, it will battle on to help end the pandemic, which has already infected a million people worldwide. 

"[We] may have lost a great frontliner to COVID-19, but as one family, we promise her and our countrymen, now more than ever, that we will remain unfazed and will keep on fighting to finally put an end to this pandemic," AHMC said. 

Lim is among the many Filipino doctors who succumbed to COVID-19, as hospitals were overwhelmed and medics in public hospitals complained about a lack of protection on the frontlines.

The doctors' recent deaths heightened fears that the scale of the health crisis in the Philippines is much worse than is being officially reported. 

Philippine Medical Association last week estimated that more than 5 percent of the country's health workers are currently on quarantine due to the nature of their work in directly dealing with the disease.

The main island of Luzon, home to 55 million people, is in the third week of a lockdown to contain the spread of the disease, however medics are warning there is a surge in cases.

Philippines has 3,246 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 152 deaths as of posting. 

- With reports from Agence France-Presse