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Butuan Medical Center, MJ Santos Hospital identified as holding areas for suspected A(H1N1) patients

by Jocelyn Morano

Butuan City (16 June) -- The Department of Health has approved the city governments proposal to designate Butuan Medical Center and MJ Santos Hospital as holding areas for all suspected A(H1N1) patients.

Provincial Administrator Atty. Webb Racaza explained, that the proposal was not made to defy DOH guidelines in establishing a common hospital to treat A(H1N1) patients but rather to provide convenience and immediate medical attention to concerned individuals who has not yet been confirmed of the disease.

The DOH-Caraga has designated the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City as the Regional Satellite Referral Hospital to handle the treatment and confinement of any confirmed victim of the Influenza A (H1N1) in the region.

Atty. Racaza stressed, their suggestion came after news of suspected individuals and there was an unavailability of ambulances to transport the patients to Surigao City.

"Said health protocol in addressing suspected A(H1N1) patients are putting the drivers of ambulances at risk in addition to the risk already faced by the patient himself due to the distance of Surigao City", added Atty. Racaza.

The Provincial Administrator assured the public, Butuan Medical Center has its own medical facility ready to accept cases of suspected Influenza A (H1N1) in case Butuan City or its neighboring provinces will have a case.

BCMC has reserved 1 isolation room from its 2 TB rooms to accommodate any Influenza A (H1N1) suspected patient.

As part of the preparedness contingency plan Butuan City government finished last week the trainings for all barangay health personnel and have trained nurses who can take care of suspected A/H1N1 patients.

The newly acquired personnel protection equipment like mask, goggles, gowns, digital thermal thermometers and even medicines have arrived.

Health personnel were likewise instructed to undergo self quarantine in case they found patients positive of the flu virus to prevent from spreading to their families.

The city government of Butuan allocated half a million for the procurement alone of the needed protection equipment.

A Task Force was also created and conducted massive information campaign to residents and students and provided handouts. (dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan-Butuan/ PIA-Caraga) [top]

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