The Bacolod city government has purchased and delivered the equipment needed to operate the Bacolod City Respiratory Referral Center (BCRRC) in the city.
The BCRRC is a temporary COVID-19 facility at the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, a press release from the Bacolod Public Information Office said.
“We are truly grateful to Dr. Evangeline Johnson and the rest of the board and management of the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital for this partnership with the city. This increase in the bed capacity for indigent COVID patients with mild to moderate symptoms is truly a blessing for our people, coming at a time when more people are testing positive for the virus,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.
Earlier, the city government entered into a contract with the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital to dedicate its entire South Wing with 34 rooms for the exclusive use of indigent patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms, who are referred to it by the city.
“This was to meet the urgent need for a medical facility dedicated for PUIs coming from indigent families, and to supplement the bed capacity of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) and other private hospitals for such cases,” Leonardia said.
The equipment purchased by the City to be used in the BCRRC include 17 units of hospital bed,1 unit of mobile X-ray, 10 units of hand-held thermal scanner, 1 unit of ECG machine with standard accessories,1 defibrillator,1 unit of video laryngoscope, 2 units of stretchers, 2 units of wheelchairs, 1 unit autoclave, 10 units of adult BP apparatus, and 2 units of pedia BP apparatus.
The SP passed a resolution ratifying the Deed of Usufruct between the City and the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital for the use of the equipment at the BCRRC.
Under the contract, the equipment will continue to be owned by the city and will be made available for the free use of the hospital.
While the arrangement lasts, the Bacolod LGU will also provide consumable supplies such as PPEs (personal protective equipment) and testing kits.
Medical, nursing, utility and administrative staff for the BCRRC will be provided by the hospital who will remain as employer of these personnel.
For its part, the city will provide its own city-paid 10 registered nurses to work the third shift every 14 days. Payroll and other employee benefits will be the respective responsibilities of the hospital or the LGU, as the case may be.*