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DOH-10: R10 still at safe zone from COVID-19

Philippine Information Agency
31 May 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 31 (PIA)--Marking less than 30 percent in the Critical Care Utilization Rate (CCUR), the region is still in the safe zone from coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, Department of Health (DOH)-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Suba-an said, May 30.

During the Cabinet Officers for Regional Development (CORDS)-X Podcast with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Suba-an said the region's utilization for mechanical ventilators is still at 12.7 percent, intensive care unit (ICU) beds at 4.9 percent or 2 out of 41 are used, isolation beds at 14 percent or 48 out of 334 beds are used.

"We are still less than 30 percent in Critical Care Utilization Rate. Once we go beyond 30 percent, musulod na ta sa danger zone (we will enter the danger zone)," Suba-an said.

As for the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF), the region targets 173 facilities to be established and there are already 135 facilities identified by the local government units (LGUs).

From this number, 26 are already 100 percent compliant to the standards. These facilities will handle suspect cases or those who are quarantined.

Based on the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) guideline, one TTMF is targeted to be established per barangay.

In terms of personnel, Suba-an said DOH-10 is currently hiring 122 to be deployed in Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH), E&R Hospital in Iligan, and other identified hospitals. About 101 personnel are already hired from the said target number of personnel.

To speed up COVID-19 testing, about 10 laboratories are proposed all over the region and NMMC takes the lead where there are already operational GeneXpert machines.

The Regional Blood Center, XU Maria Reyna Hospital, which currently awaits for their equipment to arrive soon, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental are also gearing up for testing and DOH is providing technical assistance for their licensing.

In Misamis Occidental, 16 container vans are purchased where 2 are intended for COVID-19 laboratory and 14 as isolation units.

Furthermore, DOH-10 has also spent about P4.8 million for the personal protective equipments (PPEs) and other support needed by the facilities and LGUs. Such is required to increase response capacity and these also include mechanical ventilators and isolation beds.

With these interventions, Suba-an said, "There should be a united stand, purposive movement on COVID-19. That's the way we succeed in our fight."

As of May 30, there are 30 confirmed cases in the region of which 8 have expired, 14 have recovered, 2 are admitted, and 5 are outpatients. The latest confirmed case is the third health worker who traveled from Cebu and was immediately quarantined upon arrival. (RTP/PIA10)

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