Soccsksargen resources enough to manage Covid-19 cases

Soccsksargen resources enough to manage Covid-19 cases

KORONADAL CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) assured Tuesday the region still has enough resources to manage its increasing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

Dr. Aristides Tan, DOH-Region 12 director, said the region’s hospital and isolation capacity remains under the “safe zone” amid the spike in new infections in various localities since last month.

Tan said they are continuously working with local government units (LGUs) in the area to improve their capacity in handling the mounting cases, especially in terms of testing, isolation, and treatment of patients.

As of Monday evening, DOH-12 recorded at least 1,429 active cases in the region, one of the highest since last year.

The confirmed infections in the area have reached a total of 9,184, with 298 related deaths and 7,455 recoveries.

Tan said they recorded an average of 100 new infections per day in the region’s four provinces and four cities in the last two weeks.

“These are mostly traced from exposure to Covid-19 cases, (attendance to) social gatherings in communities and homes, and transmission in workplaces,” he said in a presentation during the fourth leg of the Kasama sa Pamana: Regional Pre-SONA (state-of-the-nation address) Series here.

The cases involved individuals aged one to 103-years-old, with the majority consisting of the 20 to 29-year-old range.

Tan assured the region has “a lot of vacant beds” to administer or properly manage the current Covid-19 cases.

“Our hospital bed utilization rate is only 26 percent so we’re still in the safe zone,” the official said.

DOH-12 has over 8,000 beds in temporary treatment and monitoring facilities and 1,190 beds in 68 hospitals.

Tan said they are assisting LGUs, through the rural health units (RHUs), to enhance their strategies and capability to manage their Covid-19 cases.

Since last year, he said they already deployed a total of 1,784 health workers, mostly nurses, to the RHUs.

For the ongoing vaccination, he said they dispatched an additional 179 emergency health workers composed of 136 nurses, 33 midwives, and 10 doctors. (PNA)

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