DAVAO CITY, March 26 (PIA) - Expecting a surge in Patients under Investigation (PUI) on COVID-19, the Drug Rehabilitation Facility of the Department of Health located in Malagos, Calinan District which is temporarily turned into a PUI center has started operation and is currently attending to 13 PUI with mild symptoms.
Department of Health XI Regional Director Dr. Annabelle Yumang announced this in Wednesday's Virtual Press Conference.
Yumang highlighted that this is a strategy of the region to open additional facilities for the isolation of PUI who may not be categorized as moderate, severe, and critical case.
Other local government units in Davao Region were said to be preparing in establishing their own PUI centers.
Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Chief of Hospital Dr. Leopoldo Vega categorically said that the SPMC is not yet reaching its maximum capacity as it has instituted measures and strategies not to overwhelm its human resources.
The SPMC is identified by the DOH as a COVID facility and recognized as one of the five sub national laboratories in the country.
" We are seeing an increase in the number of patients coming in who may be affected by the COVID-19. But we have prepared our institution to accommodate patients in case there is a surge. We started to suspend our Out Patient Delivery (OPD) to lessen the people who come and in turn lessen contamination", Vega explained.
The SPMC also re-assigned some of its front liners from other departments of the hospital towards COVID areas. It has planned out a schedule that would sustain the delivery of services.
The SPMC currently accommodates 43 admissions of PUIs; 3 are in critical condition and are being attended to at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU); while another three are considered PUIs with moderate symptoms.
The Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City, also a COVID hospital, has 26 admissions. All its patients are in stable condition while the first patient in Davao Region diagnosed as positive was recently discharged from DRMC and is considered recovered.
" The facility can accommodate to a total of 42 patients. It has 2 ICUs which are fully equipped with ventilators", said DRMC's Dr. Maridee Sebumpan.
Meanwhile, officials of COVID hospitals such as SPMC and DRMC expressed the common sentiments of the entire human resource.
" Our front liners are highly motivated. They know what they are into. This is their career and this is the best time to serve the country", Dr. Vega relayed the common feeling of the front liners of SPMC.
" But on the administration side, we need to provide them protection. This is like going to war with full armaments."
Dr. Vega was referring to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) that the front liners need to protect themselves from risk in contamination.
" We just have to ensure the sustainability of these PPEs. Yes, we may be getting so much donation from benefactors. But the question is for how long will we receive these donations? The government really has to procure for our own", he said. (PIA XI/ Frances Mae Macapagat)