DOH 7: Central Visayas ready for a resurgence of Covid-19 cases

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ONLY eight percent of the total number of allocated beds for Covid-19 in hospitals in the region are currently occupied, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) 7 said.

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 spokesperson, also said Central Visayas has enough manpower to deal with a resurgence of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

“Based on our record, in terms of the number of cases that are still admitted in the hospital, if you really look at it, our capacity is way, way above the usual that we have,” she said during an interview on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, with SunStar Tonight, SunStar Cebu’s weeknight newscast on Facebook.

She said the manpower assigned in Covid-19 areas are ready to be deployed in Covid units or wards and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU.)

Loreche, in a separate interview, said the region has 711 Covid beds and 93 ICU beds available with a total of 1,844 health care workers serving Covid cases.

She said that both private and public health care facilities allocated 30 percent of their capacity for Covid-19 wards and ICUs.

She said the region and Cebu City have learned to handle things since the latter was named the epicenter of the disease in the country in June.

Active Covid-19 cases in Central Visayas continued to go down with only 568, as of Friday.

In the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue, the number has gone below the 100-mark at 85, 49 and 25, respectively.

Negros Oriental has the highest number of active cases with 257 followed by Cebu Province (110), Bohol (33) and Siquijor (nine).

Loreche said the DOH 7 continues to provide convalescent plasma as part of support treatment for Covid-19 patients if the agency receives a request from a doctor.

She said the DOH 7 has been sharing convalescent plasma collected in Central Visayas with local government units outside the region.

“We are very fortunate because we have a very active mobile blood donation campaign. We have quite a number of convalescent plasma. We have them stored and prepared so that when they are needed, we can easily give them out,” she said.

Loreche said they’ve so far gathered 468 units of convalescent plasma.

She said the region still has 186 units in store for various blood types. (WBS)