COVID-19 HCMT tracks health facilities in Caraga
BUTUAN CITY, April 13 — The Hospital Compliance Monitoring Team (HCMT) of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga continues to monitor the status of all level 2 hospitals in the region capable of managing patients under investigation (PUIs) or COVID-19 patients.
Prior to the declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the region, the HCMT has already identified and tallied health facilities who have met the minimum requirements and can cater to possible COVID-19 patients. Some of the requirements include isolation beds and mechanical ventilators.
There are two (2) local public hospitals identified: D.O.P. Memorial Hospital in Agusan del Sur, and Butuan Medical Center in Butuan City; while, there are six (6) private hospitals recognized: Butuan Puericulture Center, Manuel J. Santos Hospital and Butuan Doctors Hospital in Butuan City, San Francisco Doctors Hospital, Inc. in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, St. Paul Surigao University Hospital, Inc. in Surigao City and Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative in Bislig City. Likewise, Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City and Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag City are managed by the Department of Health. These listed hospitals have been noted by the Regional Inter-Agency COVID Task Force “One Caraga Shield” where Local Chief Executives (LCEs) are members. It was also emphasized that because these hospitals have passed the Level 2 accreditation, these hospitals should be equipped in handling infectious cases such as the current viral threat. Hence, there should be no refusals from the hospitals mentioned.
“We created the HCMT long before the ECQ was imposed because we wanted to constantly check the capacity and needs of both public and private level 2 hospitals in the region,” said DOH Caraga Regional Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr.
In the case of surge capacity, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has disseminated the Regional Contingency Plan where all health facilities are required to put in place their own contingency plan, in which, most of the concerns are on human complement and resources.
“Let us all be ready in case surge happens. In the meantime, we assure the Caraganons that DOH Caraga is in constant communication with the designated health facilities and provide them the necessary assistance,” the Dr. Llacuna stressed.
DOH Caraga also appeals to the public to report immediately to the regional office via the DOH Helplines: 09482241857 (Smart) and 09453592632 (Globe) any related complaints. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)