DOH XI says 31.7% of R-XI COVID cases are LSIs, ROFs
DAVAO CITY, July 24 (PIA) – The Department of Health Davao Center for Heath Development (DOH DCHD) has reported that around 31.7% or 338 out of a total of 1,064 number of documented coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the region are returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
The Head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) Dr. Cleo Fe Tabada discussed how local government units in the Davao Region are putting all efforts into properly isolating the arriving LSIs and ROFs despite the challenges posed in different areas.
“When they [LSIs and ROFs] come home, in a lot of LGUs they are isolated but in some cases, there are challenges in isolating [LSIs and ROFs],” Tabada said.
Based on the data provided by the DOH DCHD, as of July 23 around 2% or 338 out of the total of 17,735 LSIs and ROFs who have arrived in Region XI tested positive for COVID-19. Given this data, health authorities are ensuring the public that currently there are adequate facilities that can cater to a possible surge in cases.
The Chief Training Officer for the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Dr. Ricardo Audan bared that the current capacity for the designated COVID-19 medical facility in the Region is below warning levels and is ready to cater to cases of COVID-19.
“As of yesterday, we have 157 patients and out of the total number of patients we have 14 at the ICU and the non-ICU patients are numbered at 143. Our ICU beds are numbered at 37 and for the non-ICU is 227 so as of yesterday we didn’t reach the warning level which is 70%,” Audan said.
In the event of a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, the SPMC has additional facilities that can be converted to cater to COVID-19 patients which number at an additional 62 beds. Audan bared that he has already coordinated with the DOH DCHD to provide additional nurses in preparation for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases due to the arrival of ROFs and LSIs.
“I’ve already texted RD Yumang to inform her that we need more nurses to operate the additional facilities for COVID-19 cases at SPMC,” Audan added. (PIA XI/KPLCaro)