Day 1 of Cebu’s COVID-19 vaccination: 50 to 70 frontliners from Sotto receive Sinovac

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/04/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines  –– Cebu on Thursday, March 4, has officially kicked off its initial coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine rollout, barely a year after the first confirmed cases of the infection were reported in the country.…

‘1,245 and more’ VSMMC workers OK with Sinovac

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/04/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As Cebu gears for its ceremonial rollout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, more healthcare workers here volunteered to get the shots. Dr. Gerardo Aquino Jr., chief of the Vicente Sotto Memorial…

Rama: I don’t need to be vaccine czar, trust enough for me

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 02/09/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama said he does not need to become the vaccine czar in order to work with the Vaccine Board in preparing for the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines…

VSMMC healthcare workers to get first COVID vaccines in Cebu

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/08/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Healthcare workers from the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) would be the first to receive vaccines to protect them from contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the regional health office here announced. Dr.…

PH’s first Barangay Behavioral Health Unit opens in Lahug

Doris C. Bongcac 01/23/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu, Philippines — Barangay Lahug in Cebu City now has a Barangay Behavioral Health Unit (BBHU) that caters to the mental health concerns of its residents. “BBHU works closely with Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center,…

18 healthcare workers in VSMMC are COVID positive

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 01/05/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — All the operating rooms at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) have been closed down after 18 healthcare workers have proven positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) The VSMMC administration released…

DOH-7 notes ‘slight increase’ in firecracker injuries amid pandemic

Morexette Marie B. Erram 12/26/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that resulted in the implementation of wide-scale quarantine restrictions, the regional health office in Central Visayas recorded a slight increase in the number of firecracker-related injuries.…

Frontliners in Cebu City tie knot amid pandemic

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 09/30/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A love story right out of a pandemic. Such is the marriage of 37-year-old Sylvester Ray Ortega, and 30-year-old Michelle Ann Ouano from Barangay Mabolo in Cebu City, who tied the knot in…

Dialysis Center for non-COVID-19 patients in Cebu City to open on Aug. 14

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 08/12/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A dialysis center for non-Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients will open in a mall at the South Road Properties here starting August 14, 2020. The dialysis center will be managed by the Vicente…

Cebu City urges watchers of VSMMC patients to go home

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/29/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government is urging watchers of patients admitted at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) to go home. The city’s spokesperson, Rey Gealon, said the city government has agreed with…

VSMMC urges compassion for COVID-19 patients amidst suicide incident

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 06/09/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center has expressed sadness over the suicide incident of one of its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The patient, a 48-year old male,…

At the COVID war zone: Working in a molecular laboratory

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 05/18/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Every medical technologist has been taught to be prepared to face a pandemic. Nobody is actually prepared for it to happen. This was the statement of 25-year-old John Marc Abarquez, a medical technologist…

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