DOH XI hospital prepared for possible increase in COVID-19 cases
DAVAO CITY, April 3 (PIA) – The Department of Health Davao Center for Health Development (DOH DCHD) is currently re-directing efforts and re-allocating resources to battle COVID-19 since it is now accepting COVID-19 referrals. This is to prepare for a possible increase in the number of confirmed cases in the coming weeks.
The collapse of all services in the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) is being pushed to provide space, equipment, and proper facility preparations for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases for Region XI.
“We are trying now to do our best to collapse all services and free all the wards so that I can free all of my manpower and all of the resources are concentrated and allocated for converting SPMC into a COVID referral center here in Davao City,” Dr. Vega said.
The Chief of Hospital for SPMC Dr. Leopoldo Vega discusses the projections of the increase of confirmed cases in the next two to three weeks and how it is based on the current data that health professionals have gathered from the field.
“The [projection] model kasi is based on the assumption na it [confirmed cases] will just double with the number of PUIs (The projection model is based on the assumption that confirmed cases will double because of the number of PUIs we have observed),” Dr. Vega said.
As of 8:00 pm of April 1, 2020, the DOH DCHD has 61 confirmed COVID-19 cases where 18 have recovered and a total of 9 fatalities due to COVID-19 were reported.
The Assistant Regional Director for DOH DCHD Dr. Lenny Joy Rivera assured the public that the DOH has identified halfway houses for health workers to avoid the spread of infection within government medical facilities.
“Meron po kaming inidentify na mga facilities that after their [health workers] duty doon pa sila na aassign … doon po nag stay yung ating mga health workers before po malalabas po yung results nila from the laboratory – if they are negative pwede nap o silang lumabas at mag duty uli (We have identified facilities where health workers can stay after their duty hours where they are tested for COVID-19 and if found to be negative can report back for duty),” Dr. Rivera said (PIA XI/K. Caro)