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DOH-10 preps hospitals amid COVID-19 threat

Philippine Information Agency
27 Mar 2020, 20:38 GMT+10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA)-In responding to coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 threats in the region, Dr. Adriano Suba-an of Department of Health Center for Health Development- Northern Mindanao (DOHCHD-NM) urges all hospitals to create their guidelines in staff management including their workflow, infection control, and health management plan.

As to the operations of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Suba-an said in a press conference, "Wala gi-lockdown [ang NMMC] (NMMC was not locked down) but we prepare the hospital for any eventualities."

He said DOH-10 met with the heads of private hospitals here to create a system wherein all patients with other cases aside from COVID-19 will be attended to.

Doing so will allow health workers of NMMC provide quality service to patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

"We are doing this to protect them- sila nga makakuha ug SARI (those who are susceptible to Severe Acute Respiratory Infection), critical cases," Suba-an said.

Furthermore, the local government units (LGUs) are enjoined to identify, assess and convert viable public spaces as treatment or isolation areas. Such include auditoriums, gymnasiums, classrooms, vacant hotels, or classrooms.

As of March 26, DOHCHD-NM has recorded 252 persons under investigation (PUIs) of which 24 are admitted and 39 are already tested negative and discharged. About 119 PUIs are on home quarantine, where 64 have already completed the quarantine.

Also, the region has 3,993 persons under monitoring (PUMs), of which 2,238 are undergoing the 14-day home quarantine and 1,755 have completed the quarantine period. (RTP/PIA10)

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