Davao City opens satellite facility of Davao Doctors Hospital

Subscribe Now July 21, 2020 at 08:10am

The City of Davao has opened a satellite facility of the Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) in Barangay Dumoy to reinforce Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the referral hospital for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, amid the increasing cases here.

In her interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Monday, Duterte said the 18-bed Dumoy satellite facility, with two beds for intensive care unit, has to be opened as the infection in the city was spreading fast following the shift to less restrictive modified general community quarantine last July 1.

“One private hospital has been opened for COVID-19. We have opened it because our cases are increasing that the SPMC can no longer catch up,” she said.

She said SPMC was also catering to patients for non-COVID-19-related medical services.

The entire city was placed under ECQ from April 4 to May 15, general community quarantine from May 16 until June 30, and modified general community quarantine effective July 1 and has been extended until end of this month.

Duterte said one COVID-19 suspect has already been confined in DDH-Dumoy Satellite Facility after refusing to be admitted to SPMC.

But she added the city government will not foot the bill for patients who will be confined at the private hospital.

She said the packages, offered by Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC), will be used to cover the hospital expenses, and once consumed, the COVID-19 patients will pay for the remaining balance.

Duterte hopes that the city will not reach a point where it will be pressed to open other reserve COVID-19 hospitals, with lockdown control measures being implemented by the local government.

As of July 19, Department of Health-Davao reported 964 COVID-19 cases, with 43 deaths and 529 recoveries.

Of the total cases, 686 were in Davao City, 90 in Davao del Norte, 35 in Davao del Sur, 67 in Davao de Oro, 75 in Davao Oriental, and 11 in Davao Occidental.

DOH-Davao Assistant Regional Director Lenny Joy Rivera said last Friday that the bed capacity was considered in the “safe zone” when occupancy rate was from 1 percent to 30 percent, warning zone from 31 percent to 71 percent, and danger zone from 71 percent to 100 percent.

But based on the critical care utilization report of the region, Rivera said 213 beds for “severe and critical” cases have been occupied, while 229 are available, posting a utilization rate of 48.19 percent; 190 beds for “severe” cases have been occupied, while 209 were available, with a 47.61 percent utilization rate; 23 COVID-19 intensive care unit beds have been occupied while 20 beds were still available, with a utilization rate of 57.5 percent; 157 COVID-19 isolation beds were occupied while 196 were available for a utilization rate at 44.48 percent; and 33 COVID-19 ward beds occupied while 13 were available, for a 71.73% utilization rate; and seven COVID-19 mechanical ventilators used while 44 were still available.

Source: mb.com.ph

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