178 frontliners in Tala Hospital in Caloocan City get COVID-19 vaccine shots

Marje Pelayo   •   March 1, 2021   •   309

MANILA, Philippines – Only 178 of the total 1,911 employees of the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (DJNRMHS) submitted for vaccination against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the initial phase of vaccine rollout on Monday (March 1).

According to the hospital’s chief Dr. Alfonso Victorino Famaran, this number is because most of their employees prefer the COVID vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech rather than the readily available vaccine from China’s Sinovac.

“Mataas yung vaccine acceptance non sa ospital na ito, 95%. Ibig sabihin well informed sila when it comes to the date of Pfizer BioNtech,” he said.

Dr. Famaran said he personally preferred the American vaccine more than the Chinese brand. Nonetheless, he submitted himself to receive the Sinovac vaccine to boost the confidence of his fellow health care workers in the hospital.

In fact, he was the first to take the CoronaVac jab.

“If the vaccine is sabay dumating, I would choose Pfizer. Kasi mas informed kami pertaining to Pfizer,” he explained.

“Kung sabay. (Kaya lang) walang dumating. Sinovac ako. Kailangan namin ang protection at the soonest possible time,” he added.

Next to him was the hospital’s chief nurse, Samuel Sumilang.

“Noong umpisa pa lang po kahit ano kasing vaccine ang dumating ako ay decided nang magpabakuna,” he said.

“Sa akin ay very important hindi ang sarili ko lang. Mas importante sa akin yung mga nakapaligid din sa akin,” he added.

Both of them said the vaccination turned out smoothly and so far, they have not experienced anything of concern.

“Itong Sinovac hindi ko alam tapos na pala. Ibig sabihin, naiturok nila nang walang naramdaman basta nilagyan na lang ng band-aid,” Dr. Famaran said.

“Usually kahit yung flu vaccine, after 5 to 10 minutes mahirap iangat ito. Ito (Sinovac) okay lang. Walang masyadong issues doon sa pain,” said Sumilang.

For his part, Testing Czar Secretary Vinz Dizon said CoronaVac’s efficacy rate can still be paralleled to other brands.

Dizon was among the first vaccinness in today’s vaccine rollout.

“Ang healthcare worker, kapag siya’y nabakunahan ng Sinovac, 100% or sigurado siyang hindi magkakaroon ng severe COVID-19, 50% pwede siyang magka-mild effects, 30% pwede siyang makaroon ng moderate effects,” he explained.

Dr. Famaran, meanwhile, is pleased to say that many of his colleagues in the hospital have signified their willingness to take the vaccine following his COVID-19 vaccine shot. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Kaso ng COVID-19 sa ilang pangunahing ospital, tumaas

Marje Pelayo   •   March 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Umabot na sa 105 ang bilang ng mga pasyenteng nagkasakit ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ang nasa Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

Ayon kay Dr. Jonas del Rosario, ang tagapagsalita ng PGH, mas marami ito sa nasa 60 to 70 lamang na COVID-19 patients na kanilang natanggap sa nakalipas na dalawang linggo.

“I think iyong pago-open at ngayon ay mas maraming tao na ang nagtatagpo-tagpo. Pangalawa ay may possibility rin na yung variants ay meron ding kinalaman doon dahil ito pong mga variants, yung UK at yung South African sabi nila ay mas mabilis kumalat o makahawa,” ani Del Rosario.

Kayang tumanggap ngayon ng PGH ng hanggang 140 COVID-19 patients.

Ang ibang kwarto na dati ng isinara ay bubuksan na muli.

Nagpositibo naman sa variant na unang natuklasan sa South Africa ang isa sa 30 specimen na ipinasuri ng PGH.

“Nakikipag-coordinate na rin kami dahil may ibang mga ospital kaunti lang naman iyong naka-admit pa,” pahayag ni Del Rosario.

“Kaya humihingi kami ng tulong para hindi naman masyadong mapuno ang PGH,” dagdag nito.

May 15 health workers din ang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 sa nakalipas na apat na araw at nasa 80 ang naka-quarantine sa ngayon.

Ang lahat ng papasok sa ospital ay pinapayuhang magsuot ng KN95 mask dahil ito lamang ang pinapayagan sa loob.

Kaugnay nito, hindi muna tatanggap ng mga walk-in at outside patients ang PGH subalit maaring namang makapag-pakonsulta online ang sinoman sa pamamagitan ng telemedecine. Dito na rin maaaring makapagpalista para sa schedule.

Maaari namang tumawag sa PGH hotline 155-200 para sa karagdagang impormasyon.

Samantala, ang Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium sa Caloocan City na kilala rin sa tawag na Tala Hospital ay mayroong 85 kaso ng COVID-19. Halos dumoble ang bilang mula 45 hanggang 50 lamang noong nakaraang linggo.

Kaya naman nitong tumanggap ng hanggang 500 COVID-19 patient.

Ayon sa medical chief ng ospital na si Dr. Alfonso Victorino Famaran, malaki ang posibilidad na paglabag sa minimum health protocol ang dahilan kaya dumami ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa ngayon.

“Ang iba ang ikinukwento nila: ‘May face mask po kami,’ pero wala sa face; ‘May face shield kami,’ pero wala sa face. Dikit-dikit sa palengke. ‘May family gathering, imposible namang two meters pa. Dikitan kami,’ pagsasalaysay ng doktor. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

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