Mga ospital sa NCR, handa na umano para sa firecracker-related injuries

Robie de Guzman   •   January 1, 2021   •   196

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Department of Health (DOH) na handa na ang mga ospital para sa mga mabibiktima ng paputok kasabay ng mga pagdiriwang sa pagpapalit ng taon.

Ayon kay DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, sapat ang mga tauhan at kapasidad ng mga ospital para asikasuhin ang mga posibleng mabibiktima ng mga paputok.

“Most if not all hospitals, handa sila. Hindi naman pwedeng sabihin mo na, “Ay! Hindi kami tatanggap niyan kasi hindi po namin ginagawa yan. Yan po ang papel na ginagampanan ng hospital. Hindi po sila malilisensyahan kung wala po silang emergency services,” ang pahayag ni Duque.

Ayon sa kalihim, nagtalaga na ng mga pasilidad ang ilang ospital para sa fireworks-related injury na hiwalay sa mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 at iba pang sakit.

Dahil sa kinakaharap na pandemya, may ipatutupad na ilang pagbabago sa pangangasiwa sa pagtanggap ng mga pasyente sa emergency room.

“Kakaiba rin itong sitwasyon na ito. Complicated by the fact that pwedeng yung mga pasyente na nasugatan ay may kaakibat na sintomas na posible may index of suspicion na baka mga COVID cases sila after undergoing testing using the rapid RT-PCR,” ang wika ni Duque.

Sa East Avenue Medical Center, ikinu-konsidera na suspect COVID-19 case ang lahat ng mga pasyente na biktima ng paputok.

Ngunit hindi na sila isasailalim sa COVID-19 test dahil kailangan nila ng agarang paglalapat ng kaukulang atensiyong medikal.

Ayon sa pamunuan ng ospital, nakasuot ng kumpletong personal protective equipment (PPE) ang mga healthcare workers na nakatalaga sa emergency room at mahigpit ring ipatutupad ang health and safety protocols.

Samantala, payo ng mga otoridad sa mga nasaktan dahil sa paputok na agad linisin ang sugat sa pamamagitan ng running water at sabon.

Agad ring dalhin sa ospital ang biktima upang matiyak na hindi magkakaroon ng impeksyon ang sugat at mauwi sa tetano. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

12,000 doses of CoronaVac arrive in Davao City; vaccination rollout to start on Friday

Maris Federez   •   March 2, 2021

DAVAO CITY, Philippines Aboard the flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), 12,000 doses (placed in 20 boxes) of Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccines arrived at the Davao International Airport on Tuesday, March 2, at 6:45 in the morning.

The 12,000 doses of CoronaVac are allocated for the vaccination of more than 8,000 frontliners, most of whom are healthcare workers (HCW).

However, the vaccines were brought to the Department of Health (DOH) Regional office, instead of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) as originally planned.

The DOH said this is because Sinovac vaccines are not as temperature-sensitive as that of Pfizer vaccines which the SPMC storage facility was designed and constructed for.

CoronaVac can be stored in a storage facility with a +2 to +8˚Celsius temperature, as compared to that of Pfizer vaccines which require a -70˚Celsius temperature.

The DOH said they did not encounter any problems in the transportation of the vaccines from the airport to the DOH office.

The health department also reported that the vaccination rollout among frontliners will begin on Friday, with a target of 150 HWCs.

Based on the DOH priority list, 3,000 HCWs from the SPMC will be inoculated first, to be followed by those from private hospitals.

SPMC OIC Dr. Ricardo Audan, Davao City COVID-19 focal person Dr. Ashley Lopez, and DOH Regional Director Annabelle Yumang volunteered to receive the vaccines first to set an example to their colleagues. —/mbmf (with details from Davao Correspondent, Marisol Montaño)

Health chief Duque won’t be inoculated with Sinovac COVID-19 jab – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will not be receiving the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

“FTD (Francisco T Duque III) will not be vaccinated with SINOVAC as EUA provisions exclude 60 and above,” the DOH said in a message to reporters.

“He also underscores that we will follow the prioritization framework, and will ensure that limited doses will go to the HCWs first,” it added.

Duque, 64, earlier said he is willing to receive Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine but the age bracket recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) might become an issue.

The FDA said the Sinovac jabs are only recommended to be administered to people aged 18 to 59 years old as it showed a higher efficacy rate in the said group based on clinical trials conducted in Indonesia and Turkey.

Duque led the rollout of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination drive for healthcare workers and other frontliners on Monday after the donated 600,000 Sinovac vaccines from China arrived in the country on Sunday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Duterte to consider nationwide MGCQ if vaccine supply is enough

Marje Pelayo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is considering the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 to further ease quarantine restrictions in the country particularly in Metro Manila.

“I am considering it. Our economy is really down, as in down so the earlier na mabilisan itong vaccine, the better,” he said.

However, he wants to make sure first that there is enough supply of COVID-19 vaccines not only in Metro Manila but in all provinces before he allows the full reopening of the country’s economy to prevent further decline.

“If the vaccine is available to anybody for one reason or another, sa mga probinsiya na-distribute na ‘yan kasi hindi naman mag-abot ng 110 million. Sa estimate nila it’s about 40 million. Kung maka-hit tayo ng 40 million o nandiyan na ‘yong vaccine, maski mag — mayroon tayong mga 20, 30 (million) bubuksan ko na.” the President said.

President Duterte acknowledges the people’s need to work to be able to eat and survive and this will only be sustained by reopening the economy and also to allow business to regrow.

Over the weekend, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the National Capital Region and some other areas will remain under general community quarantine on March 1.

The rest of the country will remain under modified general community quarantine.

Recommendations placing NCR under MGCQ were also raised, however, the President responded that without vaccine rollout, no MGCQ will be declared.

On Sunday (February 28), China’s donation of 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine has arrived in the country and the government is expected to begin vaccine rollout on Monday (March 1). MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

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