Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Zambo Covid facility now caters to severe, moderate cases

ZAMBOANGA MAYOR Beng Climaco, head of the local Covid-19 task force, has utilized the Pasonanca isolation facility, to also cater to Covid patients with moderate symptoms and those who are recuperating from the deadly respiratory disease.

The facility, manned by medical personnel, has wards for severe Covid-19 cases with dozens now being cared for by the City Health Office. 

This was also confirmed by City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, who said the measure is aimed at decongesting both the private and government hospitals which are now full of Covid patients due to the spike in infections. 

She said as a “step-up” Covid quarantine area, the Pasonanca facility will cater to “moderate cases” providing oxygen support and intravenous fluid while patients wait to be accommodated in hospitals. 

And as a “step-down” facility, recuperating patients are monitored and get the rehabilitation they need, instead of going to hospitals. 

“This move is only one of the measures that the City Government is undertaking to help ease the burden on hospitals - both private and government facilities - that are overwhelmed due to the lack of beds, medical oxygen, medicines and personnel,” Miravite said. 

Climaco said the City Human Resource and Management Office also hired additional personnel to augment manpower and enable the operationalization of isolation facilities, including those in the different barangays. 

She said the local government is also coordinating with the national government’s Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Infectious Diseases for guidance, support and assistance. 

The mayor said she will mobilize the Bantay Barangay and Bantay Covid mechanisms as well, to further strengthen border controls and the implementation of the public health protocols to prevent the spread of the viral disease. (Zamboanga Post) 

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