Hospitals in Cebu City now in safe zone
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Hospitals in Cebu City are now in the safe zone amid the drop in COVID-19 admissions in major hospitals in the city.
The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) revealed that at least four major hospitals and all public hospitals are no longer overwhelmed with patients.
“Regarding COVID critical care occupancy, for the first time, all our four public hospitals are in the safe level,” said Councilor Joel Garganera, the deputy chief implementor of the EOC.
“All public hospitals are now in the safe zone. They have their step-down facilities like CCMC (Cebu City Medical Center) to CCQC (Cebu City Quarantine Center), St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital to City Central BIC, and St. Vincent Hospital,” he added.
The EOC said that the hospital occupancy is now at 47.6 percent for public hospitals and 51.6 percent for private hospitals, showing a great improvement over the past weeks. The occupancy rate reached nearly 80 percent in August 2021.
Garganera said that the hospitals already mastered triaging such as in the case of St. Anthony Hospital, where postpartum COVID-19 patients are transferred to barangay isolation centers (BICs), CCQC, and CCMC after three to four days from giving birth.
The COVID-19 cases in the city have also significantly dropped, which is another reason why hospital admission has dropped as well. EOC records reveal that the number of active cases in the city is now at 1,183.
However, the death toll is still increasing now at 80 as of September 21, 2021, but is much lower compared to August 2021 when the deaths totaled 292.
The EOC encouraged the public to remain vigilant so that the cases would further drop and there will be no more surges in the months to come.
They also appeal to those who are yet to be vaccinated to get the shot so that the city can reach the desired herd immunity at 700,000 individuals the soonest. /rcg
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