DOH evaluates LGUs’ capacity to handle asymptomatic patients
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 12 (PIA) – – The Department of Health (DOH) region 2, together with other concerned agencies, started assessing the capacity of Local Government Units (LGUs) to handle and take care of asymptomatic COVID-19 positive cases.
Doctor Rio L. Magpantay, health regional director, said they need to determine if the isolation facilities of the LGUs’ intended for asymptomatic cases are within the standards of the department.
Earlier, Magpantay issued memorandum to all LGUs and health officials that all ‘asymptomatic’ patients will no longer be brought to the referral hospitals to reserve the bed capacity of the referral hospitals for the possible surge of severe and critical cases following the continuous increase in the number of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the region.
“We will determine if the LGUs have ready isolation facilities and if these are within DOH standards. If not, we will see if what else can we do to help them be capacitated to take care of the asymptomatic cases,” Magpantay said.
He also said they will recommend the use of the district hospitals in the provinces to serve as the isolation facilities for asymptomatic patients.
On his part, Doctor Glenn Matthew Baggao, medical center chief of Cagayan Valley Medical Center, one of the referral hospitals in the region, expressed support to the order of DOH as he believes that referral hospitals should be reserved for symptomatic patients.
“Asymptomatic patients only need to be isolated. Actually, there’s no treatment given to them because they don’t have any symptom and there is no medicine yet for COVID. What we do is to isolate them so that the virus in them will vanish until such time that they will be declared negative,” Baggao explained.
On the other hand, Magpantay and Baggao are looking forward for the opening of additional testing laboratories in region 2 as the number of specimen samples being referred to DOH testing laboratory is increasing everyday.
Baggao said the building for the proposed testing laboratory of CVMC is nearing completion and expected to be in full operation mid of this month. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)