Purchase of meds for poor patients urged

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BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting Mayor Evelio Leonardia, through the City Health Office, to purchase medicines to be used at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) for indigent Bacolod patients.

A resolution, authored by Councilor Simplicia Distrito, said there are several medicines being used by various hospitals in the world, like Remdesivir and Tucilizumab, to treat moderate and severe Covid-19 cases.

Recently, the City of Manila purchased 2,000 vials of Remdesivir to be used for Covid-19 patients with mild, moderate, and those with severe symptoms, it said.

The resolution also said these medicines are not readily available, so they need to stockpile through the CLMMRH or the CHO if allowed to do so.

Purchasing these medicines should be done as soon as possible, considering that flights at this point are not regular and transporting them will take some time, it said.

The availability of these medicines is part of the 3T Solution that the government imposes – trace, test and treatment, the resolution said.

No Covid-19 patient deserves to die due to the scarcity of these medicines, it added.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways VI has already turned over to Bacolod City the documents for the Regional Evacuation Center in Brgy. Vista Alegre in April, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.

The evacuation center, which will be re-purposed into another isolation facility for 45 asymptomatic and mild Covid-positive patients, was turned over to the city on Feb. 14 and the ceremony was attended by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and officials from the DPWH and the Office of Civil Defense.

Gasataya recalled that as early as April, he had suggested to the Department of Health and the Bacolod City government to look into the possibility of using the evacuation center as one of the quarantine facilities for Covid patients.

He said there are some improvements to be done since the facility was designed as an evacuation center. They will need to put up dividers or cubicles if it is to be used for a different purpose.

Gasataya said the DPWH will provide the funds, estimated at P4 million.

Leonardia pointed out to DPWH regional director Lea Delfinado that a roofed walk has to be constructed to connect the center to the comfort room facility that is outside the building.

The city plans to construct additional comfort room facilities and help work out the provisions for water and electric power to the center.*

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