MERGE Patients waiting in line as early as 1 a.m. yesterday to get an appointment at the CLMMRH outpatient department* (CPG photo)

Covid-19 positive LSIs
dramatically increase
TLJPH lab reports 21 new cases: Kiko

The Department of Health announced yesterday that Negros Occidental has four new COVID-19 positive locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Cebu City, while Bacolod City has one.

Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said he was also informed that test results at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital laboratory in Silay City yesterday afternoon showed that 21 more Negrenses, who had just returned to the province, are also COVID-19 positive.

“There’s a dramatic increase of positive cases that really stems from our continuous acceptance of fellow Negrenses coming home,” he said. moremoremore

Sick sleep on sidewalk to get help

Sick people, some of whom are frail and in pain, line up on the sidewalk in front of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital at Lacson Street in Bacolod City as early as 1 a.m. to be able to get a number to see a doctor when the outpatient department opens at 8 in the morning.

The 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in Bacolod City and rain has not deterred them as they sit on cardboard and newspapers, or spread out mats to catch some sleep while they wait. Hardly any physical distancing is practiced.

Some have returned to the sidewalk several times because they failed to line up early enough in the past to be included in the quota of outpatients who can be attended to for the day. moremoremore


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Backyard farming thrives amid Covid

Interest in backyard farming is experiencing a boom among Bacolodnons during the quarantine amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Ian Fred Solas, owner of IF Green Technologies, has developed a system called aquaponics to accelerate the growth of vegetables.

The soilless system, a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture, uses fish wastes as fertilizer and foam as its base, he said. “The ammonia from the wastes turns into nitrates, which are nutrients for the plants,” he added.