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119 Covid patients defy extraction efforts

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III

Some 119 Covid-positive patients in Bacolod City had yet to be extracted from their homes, as of yesterday, despite a stern order that all those who have contracted the disease must stay in quarantine facilities.

Executive assistant Ernie Pineda, who heads the extraction team, said some of these patients refused to leave their houses while waiting for vacant rooms in hospitals, while others said they have applied for hospital-supervised home isolation.

Pineda said they encouraged these patients to go with the extraction team members and stay in the isolation facilities while waiting for the available hospital rooms, or the approval of their HSHQ applications.

ONLY THE ELDERLY

He said that only the elderly, who are already weak and sickly, were given consideration to stay at home after an assessment from Emergency Operations Center deputy, Dr. Chris Sorongon, and City Health officer-in-charge, Dr. Edwin Miraflor.

Pineda added that there were some who were confused by the executive order issued by Mayor Evelio Leonardia allowing home isolation, and refused to be extracted from their houses. However, they abided later after an explanation from members of the extraction team.

The extraction team is coordinating with the barangay officials to ensure that the Covid-19 patients are fully aware of the policies before they are taken out of their homes.

LEGAL COMPLAINTS

Earlier this week, legal complaints were filed against 10 Covid-positive patients, who refused to be extracted from their homes.

Pineda said they violated Section 9 of Republic Act 11332, or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases for their failure to cooperate with the extraction team.

EOC executive director Em Ang said that those who have applied for hospital supervised home quarantine should wait 24 hours for approval and if they do not receive permission, they should go with the extraction team instead.

Ang expressed dismay that people are not cooperative with the extraction team. If they refuse to be extracted promptly, they will infect their other family members, she said.

While waiting for available hotel or hospital rooms, they can temporarily stay at quarantine facilities or in the midway referral center in Barangay Alijis.

ST. JOHN’s FEAST

Meanwhile, Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and other officials of the EOC held a consultative meeting with owners of resorts, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops in barangays Punta Taytay and Pahanocoy yesterday, in connection with the Feast of Saint John the Baptist on June 24.

The City and EOC officials discussed measures to control the crowds during the Feast as this occasion traditionally gathers big crowds.

Attending the meeting were EOC deputy medical Dr. Anna Maria Laarni Pornan, EOC secretariat head and executive assistant Teresa Manalili, P/Lt. Col. David Cachumbo Jr., deputy city director for operations, P/Lt. Col. Lester Leada – head of the Operations Management Unit, and P/Maj. Richie Gohee – station commander of Police Station 9.

Also present were Punta Taytay Brgy Captain Leah Palma, Pahanocoy Brgy. Captain Yolanda Noble, Punta Taytay kagawad Heries Trance and Gilberto Guillena, and SK chairman Sharmaine Dela Cruz.*

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