CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 27 (PIA) - Strict control measures such as community quarantine can help flatten the curve and give health facilities time to better prepare according to Dr. Adriano P. Suba-an, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH)-10.
In a meeting of the Northern Mindanao COVID19 Response Task Force in Cagayan de Oro City, Dr. Suba-an reiterated his call for a unified stance against Coronavirus 2019 through strict control measures with proper intervention and coordinated response especially in implementing enhanced community quarantine.
"Without lockdown or community quarantine, there will be a surge of cases of viral infection in the region. Our concern is the moderate, severe and the critical cases that will be admitted in our hospitals. When we do community quarantine, do all our intervention, we are actually protecting the vulnerable population so that they will not be exposed and are not going to die," Dr. Suba-an explained.
The vulnerable are the senior citizens with co-morbidities such as with diabetes, cancer, kidney problem, ammino compromised, HIV, or undergoing chemotherapy.
The worst scenario, he explained will be a fast transmission of the virus.
With majority of the population infected, there will be a surge, he said.
"If there is surging of cases, the hospital will be overwhelmed. And those who will be referred to the hospital will also succumb to death. Because our hospitals are not prepared for surging cases. We will be overwhelmed. Even now private hospitals are closing their doors," he stressed.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) starting January already has a global shortage, Dr. Suba-an said, but the quarantine will give us the golden window of opportunity in terms of time period to prepare.
Around the globe, there is still ongoing transmission.
But when proper handwashing, physical distance and proper cough etiquette becomes a habit, he said, transmission will be lesser.
Also, there is a need to lift the morale of health workers because if Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), our COVID center facility will close, there is no other facility to open, Dr. Suba-an said.
This is happening now in NCR, he said, where even big private hospitals are now closing. They cannot absorb anymore.
"We have seen those doctors, actually we lost some of them. The best of us. We cannot allow that to happen in Northern Mindanao," he concluded. (JMORucat/PIA10)