DOH: Not all COVID cases will be handled by WVMC

first_imgJuanico said government hospitals in otherprovinces or cities in the region lacked the facilities to make them capable ofhandling COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms. As of this writing, Region 6 has 16 COVID-19cases spread out in Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Capiz, Iloilo province, andAklan. WVMC has been designated as regional COVID-19dedicated hospital. The doctors also urged the provincialgovernment of Iloilo to strictly enforce “border control” and observe“stringent infection measures” to contain the spread of COVID-19. Medical societies warned that the transfer toWVMC of all COVID-19 cases from various parts of the region could furtherspread the virus causing it. * prohibit COVID-19 patients from beingadmitted in a nonCOVID-19 dedicated hospital whether private or government (andimpose this rule regardless of the patient’s financial status or standing insociety) * use COVID-19 test kits prudently and ensurethat only those who fit the criteria are tested * provide frontliners and healthcare workerswith personal protective equipment The medical societies had argued it would bewiser if other provinces in the region – Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras,Negros Occidental – identify their respective COVID-19-dedicated healthfacility. A surge in COVID-19 cases could strain thehealthcare system of this city and Iloilo province, they warned. ILOILO City – Not all coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) cases in Western Visayas would be lumped at the Western VisayasMedical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district, the Department of Health (DOH)assured various medical societies here. But according to Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, focalperson for COVID-19 of DOH Region 6, WVMC’s acceptance of COVID-19 cases fromother provinces would be on a “case to case basis.” According to the World Health Organization(WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and drycough.  Some patients mayhave aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. center_img * capacitate provincial hospitals so they willnot have to refer their patients to WVMC According to Juanico, WVMC is the only Level 3hospital in Panay and Guimaras islands which means it has far betterfacilities. So why designate WVMC as regional COVID-19dedicated hospital? The medical societies that expressed concernwere the Iloilo Medical Society, Philippine College of Surgeons Panay Chapter,Philippine Society of General Surgeons Panay Chapter, Philippine College ofPhysicians Western Visayas Chapter, Philippine Society of AnesthesiologistsIloilo Panay Chapter, Philippine Pediatric Society Western Visayas Chapter, andPhilippine Obstetrics and Gynecologic Society. Most people (about 80 percent) recover fromthe disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. Around one outof every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and developsdifficulty breathing. These symptoms are usually mild and begingradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’tfeel unwell. “Not all cases,” Juanico assured the medicalsocieties. They also suggested that all persons underinvestigation – those who show symptoms of COVID-19 but not yet tested or stillwaiting for the results of their test – be considered as positive cases alreadyso that immediate contact tracing could be done and so that these contactscould be isolated. Older people, and those with underlyingmedical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are morelikely to develop serious illness./PN The Department of Health has designated Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City as the health facility dedicated to coronavirus disease cases. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The medical societies urged DOH-6 to:last_img

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