The Iloilo provincial government announced patients under investigation for the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) patients will be isolated at the Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial District Hospital in Lambunao.
Hospital Management Office chief, Dr. Cynthia Cabangal-Ng, said the facility was chosen as they are currently equipped with six isolation units, which are capable of providing extension rooms.
“If ever there will be a spillover, we can possibly transfer all patients of Lambunao to other district hospitals,” the hospital official explained. “Lambunao will then be dedicated to ‘persons under investigation’ only.”
However, Cabangal-Ng affirmed the province remains coronavirus-free.
Meanwhile, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. said the provincial government is accelerating the purchase of protective gear for hospital personnel as well as additional thermal scanners.
Last Monday, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas met with representatives from local malls and hotels, along with barangay officials and Department of Education-Region VI personnel, to discuss concerns surrounding the virus. During the meeting, he emphasized the importance of cooperation by barangays.
The city government is also planning to purchase facemasks and rubbing alcohol to distribute to the public.
The mayor said he plans to issue an executive order creating a task force to combat nCoV./WDJ