By Darlene Delgado
The provincial government-run Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City, Negros Occidental is currently battling coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, wherein the number of its frontline staff who contracted the virus is increasing.
Dr. Mary Ann P. Maestral, OIC-Chief of Hospital II of TLJPH, yesterday appealed to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to allow the hospital to only accept emergency surgical operations until further notice.
Maestral, in her letter addressed to the governor, is also advising the public to coordinate first with TLJPH’s Emergency Room Triage or the Hospital Operations Department (HOD) One Hospital Command prior to transfer of patients to the hospital, if extremely necessary.
She added that they are currently in the process of contact tracing and disinfecting affected areas at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II said seven frontline staff of the TLJPH are now under facility isolation at the Mambukal Resort Provincial Healing Center in Murcia town.
Negros Occidental has a total of 1,841 active COVID-19 cases following the 148 new cases recorded yesterday, according to Department of Health 6 data./WDJ