Cebu City installs bus at VSMMC to shelter patients' watchers

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THE Cebu City Government has installed a bus along the vicinity of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) on B. Rodriguez Street to provide temporary shelter to watchers of patients who could not be accommodated in the hospital.

VSMMC Chief Dr. Gerardo Aquino has reiterated that only one watcher is allowed per patient due to a limited space and to avoid the spread of contagious disease.

Aquino said that as of now, they continue implementing the order “No-Watcher-and-Visitor Policy” in the hospital since June 9, 2020 during the surge in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.

Patients who need to be escorted in going to the comfort rooms such as senior citizens, minors and persons with disability are allowed to have one watcher.

But hospital staff have observed that there are still patients who brought more than the number of watcher allowed by the hospital.

Those watchers who could not be accommodated in the hospital were seen sitting, while others sleeping in the sidewalk outside the hospital.

"We allow man gud some exceptions. Dili man gyud totally wala," Aquino said in a statement posted on Sugbo News, an information arm of the Capitol.

“Gusto man namo (We like to) i-accommodate that’s why we gave exceptions. In fact, liberal na gani kaayo mi sa exceptions kay we really want to help also, pero dili pud pwede. We ask the public to understand that we are doing this for the good of all concerned, dili lang kay dili namo gusto,” he added.

Data of the hospital as of Tuesday, September 6, showed that 745 patients were admitted, while 424 persons were registered as watcher of patients with special needs.

“Kon ato gud pasudlon tanan, kulang na ta daan og space...kon i-times two na nimo ang number of watchers, moabot og 1,500, plus patients with other cases, mo-2,000 na kapin,” asoy ni Aquino.

(If we allow them all to enter, we are already lack of space... if we multiply into two the number of watchers, they will reach 1,500, plus patients with other cases, it will become 2,000 all in all). (ANV, TPT)