ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) is looking for doctors, nurses, and midwives under emergency hiring for immediate deployment to the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center (ZDSMC).
Dr. Joshua Brillantes, DOH regional director, said Thursday those who will be hired will replace the medical workers who resigned due to exhaustion and overwhelmed by the increasing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.
However, Brillantes did not disclose how many medical workers have resigned from the ZDSMC.
“They resigned because there were already tired while others are on quarantine. The hospital can no longer provide quality health care as the workforce is depleted,” Brillantes said.
Dr. Anatalio Cagampang Jr., ZDSMC chief of hospital, said effective Sept. 1, admission of dialysis patients has been temporarily suspended due to the increasing number of Covid-19 patients.
“With the increasing number of Covid-19 patients, the emergency room will temporarily suspend the admission of dialysis patient from other health facility. To date, the Hemo Dialysis Unit (HDU) is already full in bed capacity and we have shortage of staff,” Cagampang said in his advisory.
Brillantes said that as of Aug. 27, the province of Zamboanga del Sur has a 55.86 percent bed occupancy rate in the entire region as 572 of the 1,024 beds are occupied.
As of Aug. 27, DOH regional office data showed that Zamboanga del Sur has 7,130 confirmed cases of Covid-19, the second-highest in the region, with 5,643 recoveries, 1,266 active cases, and 221 deaths.
Brillantes said they are working closely with the local government units in Zamboanga del Sur for the continued implementation of active case finding and contact tracing to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the province.
He said they will also increase the testing capacity not only through the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) but also by rapid antigen testing as the Covid-19 cases are increasing in almost all of the 26 towns and one city in Zamboanga del Sur.
He urged residents of the province to continuously comply with the minimum health protocols and to immediately self-isolate once they manifest symptoms.
“We need to reduce the community transmission so that we can reduce the admission of cases,” he added as he urged the people to stay home if they have nothing important to attend.
He also appealed to the medical private practitioners to help them in the teleconsultations. (PNA)