BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The P50-million COVID facility built by the Department of Public Works and Highways for Bacolod City in Brgy. Alijis will now be fully operational and can accept patients effective today.
Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for data and medical analysis of the Emergency Operations Center, said yesterday that teams of nurses and doctors will be deployed to man the facility on a twelve-hour shift from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Barangay health workers, utility personnel, public order safety officers and policemen will also be deployed in the facility. Among the doctors who will be deployed there are Doctors Clair Capiral, Nica Locsin, City Health Officer-in-charge Edwin Miraflor, and himself, Sorongon said.
As of yesterday, water and electricity were being connected in the facility to prepare it for today’s operation, he said.
On Tuesday, Sorongon conducted a briefing on nurses, doctors and other health care workers who will be deployed in the area to ensure their readiness for its full operation today.
Built in what used to be the plant nursery of the City Agriculture Office, the facility comprises of four container-type isolation sets, each with 16 rooms furnished with individual air conditioning units and comfort rooms, a nurses’ station, a utility room, separate medical staff quarters with comfort rooms for male and female, sanitation area, water tanks, and standby generator.
With the full operation of the COVID facility of Bacolod in Alijis, Sorongon said, they hope to decongest the city schools that are currently being used as isolation areas for the patients, and the different hospitals.
Based on the latest monitoring conducted by the EOC, hospital utilization rate of COVID patients is at 24 percent while some schools that are used as isolation facilities that were earlier shut down when cases dropped have been reactivated.
Four medical health workers from the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, who were earlier inoculated with the China-made Sinovac vaccine tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Julius Drilon, CLMMRH medical center chief, said in a radio interview that the four are among the eight hospital workers who were tested for the disease and are now under isolation.
But Sorongon explained that these medical workers only received the first dose of the vaccine and have not achieved full immunity yet that will be attained after completing two doses.
He said that even if one has been vaccinated, this will not totally shield the person from the virus since the vaccine’s effect will take place in two to three weeks following inoculation, adding that these health workers are all asymptomatic and only tested positive through surveillance testing
Sorongon noted that researches showed that the COVID symptoms will not normally show on people who have been inoculated, or the effect of the illness on them will not be severe, compared to those who have not been immunized.*