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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, October 1, 2020
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‘Appropriate hospital care
needed for Covid patients’


Hospitals play a vital role in the fight against Covid-19.

This was stressed by Inter-Agency Task Force-Visayas chief implementer, Mel Feliciano, at the ceremonial launch of the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) at the Bacolod City Government Center Tuesday, a press release from the city Public Information Office said.

Feliciano said that in adopting the OHCC, that was patterned after that of Cebu City, Bacolod was able to decongest the hospitals.

“When we arrived in Bacolod, the capacity utilization rate (CUR) of hospitals was about 99 percent. There were only two beds left available and many of the patients were not accommodated,” he said.

The hospital CUR in Bacolod has now gone down to about 79 percent, Feliciano added in the press release.

The OHCC is a centralized hospital command center for better management and use of information from Bacolod hospitals on Covid-19 cases.

It includes a call center for tele-consultation and education. Teams under this center are deployed to coordinate hospital admissions and out-of-town hospital transfers as well as manage medical transport and data analytics, the press release said.

Feliciano said the cases in Bacolod right now are controlled cases because they are from household transmissions. They will be doubling their efforts on index cases that are of unknown origin, the press release added.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said, “If we all cooperate, we will also be a success story in Bacolod. We have seen it already happening partially.”

The ceremonial launch was attended by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Feliciano’s wife Mia, councilors Renecito Novero and Lady Gles Pallen, City Administrator Em Ang, City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Carmela Gensoli, DILG-Bacolod director Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag, barangay captains, and Emergency Operations Center private volunteer consultants Dr. Hector Gayares and Dr. Chris Sorongon - deputies for medical, and John Dave Dueñas - deputy for data collection and management, the press release added.*


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