The FEU-NRMF Medical Center has introduced non-contact consultations for non-COVID-19 cases through the use of the internet which is accessible around the medical facility. Image courtesy of Inquirer.

The Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation (FEU-NRMF) Medical Center, being among many hospitals in Metro Manila at the frontline combating against the Covid-19 pandemic, has better advantages when it comes to connectivity with a Globe cell tower standing on top of its main building.

Administrator of FEU-NRMF Medical Center Nino Reyes said the cell site is critical in providing the connectivity, information, and a way to implement health protocols among their front liners, patients, and their loved ones.

Sa pandemic natin, (with this pandemic) the cell sites are even more important. Why, because we are now practicing social distancing. We do not allow the companion of our patients to join them. So with these cell sites, we encourage them to do it through Facetime, Viber, or other means of social media. So they can see what’s happening,” divulged Reyes.

Through acquiring fast, reliable, and convenient internet access also enables the hospital to have better communication from local and international, especially on the best practices in caring for Covid-19 patients.

“I think that’s the greatest decision that I was a part of because if not, we would probably be in a worst-case situation right now. What if kung wala kang signal? (What if we do not have cell sites?) These cell sites afford us better cooperation and communication with the outside world,” Reyes said.

Contrary to misconceptions and misinformation about cell towers affecting health and well-being, Reyes asserted there had been no record or report of any medical staff or other health workers who have had cancer because of it.

“A few years ago, I was asked about allowing cell sites to be installed in hospitals because there were perceptions that people are getting cancer due to cell sites.  If I’m not mistaken, that was 3 or 4 years ago, and thankfully, not one of our patients or any of our staff has been affected. On the contrary, it has helped so many people avoid death dahil sa mabilisang reply nung mga doctors natin (because our doctors can reply faster),” said Reyes.

“I think with this new normal; we realize that we are more dependent on this technology. Frontline doctors can consult with them without the danger of getting infected. They don’t need to be physically here to treat their patients, no need to risk themselves nor add to the exponential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer under World Health Organization (WHO) placed radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic radiation coming from cell sites BELOW the “ban” category, which is deemed safe. WHO also declared that cell site emissions coming from its power source are non-ionizing, which is considered harmless to the animal or human cells.

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