DOH assures adequate PPEs for health workers in CAR hospitals
BAGUIO CITY, May 6(PIA) – – The Department of Health Center for Health and Development Cordillera (DOH – CHD – CAR) assures adequate personal protection equipment (PPEs) for the region’s health workers in hospitals that are providing services to COVID – 19 cases.
DOH – CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, in an online media briefing here, reported there are 10 major hospitals in the region catering to COVID – 19 cases. These are the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Notre Dame De Chartres Hospital, Pines City Doctors Hospital and SLU Sacred Heart Hospital in Baguio City; Benguet General Hospital and Cordillera Hospital of the Divine Grace in Benguet; Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital in Mountain Province, and Conner District Hospital and Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center in Apayao.
At present, all the 10 hospitals have adequate PPEs, Pangilinan said. Per monitoring, they have a total 3,485 coveralls; 3,002 face shields; 1,164 goggles; 1750 gowns; 4,751 N95 masks and 7,979 shoe covers.
Pangilinan assured that they are continuously allocating PPEs to support its various health facilities regionwide. As of May 4 accounting of available COVID – 19 logistics, there are 2,586 coveralls; 4,335 face masks; 1,791 face shields; 323 goggles and 1,262 gowns that are ready for distribution. Additional N95 masks and 323 shoe covers will be arriving within the week.
Aside from PPEs, the safety of health workers that are into the frontline of COVID – related services are also among the priorities for the enhanced mass testing of the health department, she added.
Pangilinan gave recognition to the important role of health workers, front liners, partner agencies, local government units and other stakeholders in the fight against COVID – 19. She also calls for a continuing partnership and cooperation with the local communities and the general public especially in the implementation of infection control and prevention measures.
“We still encourage everyone to remain calm and vigilant. We strongly emphasize that all must stay at home, practice physical distancing and strengthen your immune system. Practice regular proper hand washing and good environment and physical hygiene,” Pangilinan stressed.
“Rest assured that the DOH together with its partner agencies and institutions are working hand-in-hand to flatten the curve. We enjoin everyone to do their part and cooperate as we fight this pandemic together. We heal as one,” she added.
For COVID – 19 update, Pangilinan reported that as of May 4 data of DOH – CAR, there are 42 confirmed cases in the region with 21 admitted in hospitals, 20 recoveries and one recorded death. Of the 21 active cases, 14 are from Baguio City, six from Benguet and one from Ifugao. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)