LGU hospitals in Nueva Vizcaya suspend services due to Covid-19 surge

BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Two local government unit (LGU)-managed hospitals in this province have suspended their outpatient and in-patient services respectively due to the surge of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

In the official Facebook page of Gov. Carlos Padilla, the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital (NVPH) here has announced the suspension of its outpatient services due to the surge of confirmed Covid-19 cases in hospital staff particularly some key personnel.

“[The NVPH] hospital administration has decided to temporarily close the outpatient department (OPD) and we will only cater to emergency cases until further notice,” Dr. Arlene Jara, NVPH chief of hospital, said in her announcement.

Jara said this action was done to break the chain of transmission, allow time for recovery of affected personnel and disinfection of the hospital facilities.

“We humbly ask the general public to inform family and friends of this development as to allow anyone seeking medical aid to proceed directly to the next nearest health institution,” the hospital chief added.

On the other hand, the LGU-managed Diadi Emergency Hospital (DEH) in the municipality of Diadi has suspended its in-patient services also due to the sudden surge of Covid-19 cases there.

“We are suspending our in-patient services for non-Covid-19 cases. The hospital is in its maximum capacity and all hospital beds are now being utilized by Covid-19 positive patients,” Dr. Jeffrey Barcena, DEH chief of hospital, said.

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Barcena said the emergency department and outpatient department will still be open but advised the public to go directly to other nearest healthcare facilities for cases needing hospitalization or confinement.

As of Wednesday, there have been 10 new Delta variant cases in the province distributed as four in Bayombong, two in Aritao, one in Dupax del Norte, one in Kasibu, one in Bagabag and one in Bambang, according to the report released by the Department of Health in Region 2.

Photo courtesy from Deh Diadi Hospital Hepo Facebook

Photo courtesy from Deh Diadi Hospital Hepo Facebook

With 15 municipalities, the province has recorded a total 9,033 Covid-19 confirmed cases with 7,904 recovered and 260 deaths while active cases rose to 869 as of Wednesday.

According to Padilla, a joint resolution adopted by the Provincial Health Board and Provincial Task Group Covid-19 has imposed an inter-municipal movement requiring non-authorized persons outside residence or Non-APOR to secure travel passes from their respective barangay captains.

Padilla said the travel pass must specifically provide the name of the person to whom it was issued, the purpose of travel and the duration of its validity.

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