BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The out-patient department of the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital was temporarily closed during the weekend for cleaning after a visiting physician was exposed to a patient, who misdeclared his health status at the triage area, Dr. Evangeline Johnson, BQMH chairperson, said Saturday.
The visiting physician was tested COVID-19 positive and is now admitted in the south wing isolation building of BQMH, she said.
The visiting physician is employed at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
Johnson said several of their staff at the BQMH who came in contact with the doctor were swabbed and quarantined pending release of their RT-PCR test results.
The emergency room and the rest of the BQMH are fully operational and continue to implement infection prevention protocols to ensure the safety of its patients and health care frontliners, Johnson said.
“Be assured that BQMH hospital is committed to provide health care services to the community, especially during these trying times,” she said.
John Alejano, BQMH medical director, said “We urge the public to be truthful in filling up the health declaration form when they undergo triaging for consult in any hospitals or clinic.”
He said the patient, who could have infected the visiting physician and compromised the BQMH staff, was referred to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital and was confirmed to have COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Dr. Julius Drilon, CLMMRH chief, issued an advisory Saturday that the hospital has nothing to do with those soliciting cash or medicines for its admitted COVID-19 patients.*