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More medical workers augment COVID-19 response teams in Davao

Philippine Information Agency
30 Nov 2020, 17:38 GMT+10

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA)- More medical workers have arrived to augment existing health frontliners in Davao City battling COVID-19.

According to Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Abdullah Dumama Jr. in today's (Nov. 30) One Davao on COVID-19 online presser, about 54 health professionals have arrived to beef up the medical personnel in Davao City.

Among those who came are volunteers from Northern Mindanao (Center for Health Development X) consisting of 13 nurses and 2 medtechs.

"They will be assigned to the SPMC (Southern Philippines Medical Center). According to Doctor Audan they will expand to 25 more beds and they will man these with the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) volunteers," Usec. Abdullah said.

Another batch of 19 nurses and health workers from the National Capital Region (NCR) have arrived and will be assigned to SPMC.

Adding to the list are 20 nurses from Cebu and according to Usec. Dumama they will be assigned to private hospitals who are needing nurses to attend to COVID patients.

Last week, the Armed Forces of the Philippines sent 25 medical personnel from its different military services and units to Davao City.

Usec. Dumama said the additional health personnel will reinforce the aggressive community testing (ACT) which will be conducted in several barangays in Davao City, Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte this December 1-3.

"This will answer the question on where will we put the patients if we find them. Now we have expanded, we have the nurses," Usec. Dumama said.

Meanwhile the City Government of Davao has identified hotel facilities that will cover the surge of cases due to the ACT.

"We are ready for the eight sites on December 1-3," ACT Focal Person Dr. Evelino Buenaventura of the City Health Office said. (PIA/RG Alama)

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