Philippine Orthopedic Center vaccinates employees amid surge of COVID infection among colleagues

Marje Pelayo   •   April 5, 2021   •   290

MANILA, Philippines — Around 81% of the 1,400 employees of the Philippine Orthopedic Center had already been vaccinated against COVID-19.

POC officer-in-charge Dr. Michael Bengzon said that they target to finish the vaccination by the end of April.

Currently, the hospital has 146 active COVID-19 cases among its employees wherein more than 70 are doctors and nurses.

Despite this, the hospital’s operation is still manageable, according to Dr. Bengzon.

“Makaabot lang kami sa middle of April to 3rd week of April na hindi naman talaga malaking dumagdag doon sa positive, babalik na itong mga naka quarantine,” Bengzon said.

“Tapos considering na nag-umpisa na kami ng second dose of Sinovac injection today for the next week, by third week of April to 4th week malaki na naman ang workforce namin para hopefully maibalik yung (out-patient department) saka elective surgery,” he added.

The hospital official noted that none of the infected employees are critical but they are undergoing home quarantine.

The Department of Health (DOH) said they are now addressing the concerns of the hospital including additional health and safety gears and quarantine facilities.

“We are still waiting kung sino pa ang kailangan ng admission sa mga hotel facilities natin at meron na tayong nakahanda para sa kanila,” noted DOH Undersecretary Rosette Singh-Vergeire.

The specialty hospital’s outpatient department is temporarily closed and elective surgeries were suspended.

However, their employees will continue to treat patients with urgent orthopedic needs.

“Sa dami ng mga pasyente na dumarating sa outpatient between 350 to 450 patients a day naisip namin para hindi na kumalat lalo na tumataas ang positivity rate sa Manila, nag decide kami na ipatigil muna ang outpatient,” Dr. Bengzon said.

For now, non-emergency cases are encouraged to consult online through the POC Orthopedic Surgery OPD appointments Facebook page. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Taguig City launches home service vaccination program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

The Taguig City Government on Monday (April 19) launched its home service vaccination program.

In a statement, the local government said it has expanded its reach to vaccinate residents amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

It announced that it has deployed doctors and nurses for the inoculation of bed-ridden residents for the home service vaccination program.

Residents who want to avail of the home service vaccination for their bedridden family members may call the designated telephone numbers of Taguig Telemedicine in barangay health centers as well as the city’s COVID-19 Hotline.

As of April 18, 2021, Taguig City has already vaccinated a total of 23,146 citizens.

Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said the local government “must ensure that there are more locations and safer ways for residents, especially the vulnerable sector, to have access to the vaccine.” AAC

DFA reports 19 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   April 20, 2021


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has logged 19 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total tally to 18,160 as of Tuesday (April 20).

Meanwhile, the agency also recorded 13 new recoveries, and 6 new fatalities among overseas Filipinos.

To date, there are 5,877 Filipinos undergoing treatment at home and in various facilities in a total of 91 countries and territories across the globe.



Phl shows good record in vaccination program despite criticisms — Duterte

Maris Federez   •   April 20, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte believes that the government’s vaccination program is doing good despite the criticism thrown at it.

This, after vaccine czar and National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. reported to the president the status of the country’s vaccination program on Monday night’s Talk to the Nation aired over PTV-4.

Galvez said that the Philippines now ranks 3rd among the ASEAN member countries in vaccination, from the former 8th in ranking when the country had just started its vaccination rollout.

The Philippines also ranks 41st among 173 countries and 14th out of 47 Asian countries.

“Sa ngayon po number three po tayo at the same time 41st po tayo out of 173 countries, at number 14 po tayo sa 47 Asian countries. So hindi po tayo nahuhuli, nandoon po tayo sa may bandang per — mga ano, upper 25 percent,” Galvez said.

“Well, maganda ang record natin in spite of unfounded criticism which — anyway, we expect it. But the Philippines is able to get the upper berth, I said, of the countries that are inoculated. Maganda ang record niyan and to think that people were almost in a quandary where to get the next vaccination,” President Duterte said.

“You know, for whatever it is that really work to them, we were able to make a go at least, not everybody at one time, but we have vaccinated a lot of people. I am happy that we have completed the vaccination of the medical people, yung tinatawag nilang frontliner,” he added.

The President said the country is not really left behind as far as vaccination against COVID-19 is concerned.

“So nakita mo naman na hindi pala tayo ‘yong pinakamahina, mataas nga ‘yong atin. It goes to show that we are really working very hard, especially Secretary Galvez, to get the vaccines here in the Philippines on time. Though it is not as fast as people would like to expect, the fact that, I said, we have occupied a certain position, we are number 15 sa ano? Number three?” he said.

“Well, it speaks well of the effort of your office to at least come to a more than an acceptable performance in the matter of — well, the fight against COVID as far as the Philippines is concerned,” the President added.

Galvez has also reported that 965,960 medical frontline workers who belong in A1 category have received the first dose of the vaccination. From this number, 198,534 have already received the 2nd dose.

The vaccine czar added that 132,948 belonging to the A2 category and 180,315 from the A3 category have received the first dose of the vaccine. —/mbmf


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