Monday, 26 October 2020 15:46

77 FRONTLINERS AT NMMC INFECTED WITH COVID

There are 77 healthcare workers at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the region’s Covid-19 referral hospital, who got infected with the dreaded virus. However, 39 have already recovered while 38 others are still on quarantine, according to NMMC Liaison Officer Dr. Bernard Julius Rocha.

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Monday, 26 October 2020 13:53

CURFEW HOURS VIOLATORS

An owner of a sari-sari store, and a billiard hall operator along Lirio street in Barangay Carmen were reminded following the issuance of Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR) by personnel of Regulatory Compliance Board (RCB) and Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) for allegedly operating even curfew hours.
 
RCB also found out that owner of the store have no business permit, while the billiard hall operator failed to comply some health protocols.
 
The team also issued OVR against two individuals for violating curfew hours.
 
 
 
 
 
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Over nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic and Cagayan de Oro City Hall isn´t slowing down on its efforts to protect the city from the virus even as it reaches out to the private sector for assistance, City Hall officials said Monday (Oct. 26).
 
´Ang Xavier University motabang sa psychosocial division sa City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) aron maghatag sa psychosocial interventions sa atong mga katawhan confined sa city isolation units og temporary treatment monitoring facilities aron pag boost sa ilang morale (Xavier University is helping the CSWDO psychosocial division in giving psychosocial interventions to those confined in the city isolation units and temporary treatment monitoring facilities or TTMF to boost their morale). These services are provided by Xavier University in partnership with the city´s TTMF and the Oro Citizens Wellness and Development Center,´ said Oliver Egypto, Office of Community Affairs chief.
 
In his message during Monday morning´s flag-raising ceremony and program hosted by the City Veterinarian´s Office Egypto, who also heads the Local Governance Cluster of City Hall´s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said it is but expected for everyone including the city´s frontliners to experience stress and fatigue more than nine months into the pandemic.
 
´Walay maayong lalaki nga moingon nga di siya nag kapoy sa kalisuran og pwerwisyo tungod sa COVID-19 apan (There is no one who can say with conviction that he or she isn´t tired by the suffering and inconvenience caused by COVID-19 but) we are continually inspired by the mandate given to us by the people of Cagayan de Oro to work together in fighting the pandemic,´ Egypto said.
 
For his part, acting City Administrator Teddy Sabuga-a called on the city´s frontliners to remain strong and committed to serving the public despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. ´We should be the last people standing in sofar as serving the people of Cagayan de Oro is concerned,´ Sabuga-a said.
 
 
 
 
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Cagayan de Oro City Hall had prepared and is continually preparing contingencies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic even without resorting to a lockdown unlike other local governments, Mayor Oscar Moreno said Saturday (Oct. 24).
 
´Based on one of the periodicals of John Hopkins School of Medicine that have read way back last February, one of two reasons why the government would impose a lockdown (enhanced/modified community quarantine or ECQ/MECQ) is to prepare its health system and medical frontliners (in dealing with the pandemic),´ Mayor Moreno said during Saturday noon´s (Oct. 26) press briefing.
 
Mayor Moreno said this as he disclosed that top health officials led by Regional Director Dr. Adrian Suba-an of the Department of Health-10 (DOH-10), Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega and Asst. Health Secretary Romeo Ong visited City Hall´s emerging and reemerging infectious diseases (EREID) facility in Barangay Simon last Oct. 21.
 
Mayor Moreno emphasized that the city government already prepared its contingencies for the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the national government´s issuance of Proclamation No. 922 placing the entire country under a state of public health emergency. ´And as shown by our construction of the EREID facility which we hope to open in November, we have not stopped preparing,´ Mayor Moreno said.
 
City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said the DOH already established at the onset of the pandemic that the main objective of a lockdown is to give time for the health care system to settle and prepare for the surge of COVID-19 cases. ´ Even back then no local government can say they have prepared enough to fully guarantee an adequate response to the pandemic,´ Dr. Nery said.
 
Dr. Gina Itchon, research and development department chief of Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), previously credited City Hall for delaying the surge of COVID-19 cases in northern Mindanao through its non-pharmaceutical measures such as proactive health surveillance and contact tracing, setting up of isolation and quarantine facilities and acquisition of testing equipment.
 
´Through Cagayan de Oro City´s quarantine facilities we were able to absorb the mild to moderate COVID-19 cases from NMMC. I just wished that Misamis Oriental and other local governments were able to set up ther own. And so long as local COVID-19 cases are rising, I will have to remind the people of Cagayan de Oro not to be complacent because the fight is far from over,´ Mayor Moreno said.
 
 
 
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Duol na mahuman ang pagtrabaho sa Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Disease (EREID) building diha sa barangay San Simon nga gigastohan sa kagamhanan ning syudad og balor P46,872,947 milyones. Gamiton kini nga facilidad isip isolation facility alang sa mga pasyente nga nagpositibo sa Covid-19.

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Despite inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) topping the list of new COVID-19 cases at 41 as of Oct. 23, all those infected are contained at the Lumbia City Jail and not anywhere else in Cagayan de Oro City, Mayor Oscar Moreno said.
 
´While this number is disturbing and can affect the city´s numbers, but it´s a small consolation that it is contained and not spread in the community. The important thing is it´s manageable and we know what´s happening with them at the Lumbia City Jail compound,´ Mayor Oscar Moreno said during Saturday noon´s (Oct. 24) press briefing.
 
´The advantage here is that the city´s police precincts (are unaffected). Imagine if the inmates (PDLs) are infected at the precinct level then we´ll have a bigger problem managing the cases,´ Mayor Moreno said. Lumbia City Jail houses its inmates/PDLs at a holding facility on the third and second floors of a three-storey building funded by the city government.
 
During the briefing, CHO officer Dr. Ted Yu told Mayor Moreno that the city government already conducted swab tests on 440 inmates of whom only one out of the initial batch of 219 male inmates tested positive for COVID-19. ´He had since recovered and all 219 already joined the general prison population,´ said Yu, who specializes in infectious diseases.
 
Yu, who was assigned by CHO to assist the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in handling the inmates, said all inmates were divided into seven batches from the city´s police precincts for testing. About 112 out of the 221 male inmates tested from Oct. 1 to Oct. 19 were confirmed positive for COVID-19 while 109 were negative.
 
After one week, about 13 out of the 112 were then re-tested and came out negative, Dr. Yu said. The remaining 99 male inmates are still isolated with one of them already discharged and moved to the city´s temporary treatment monitoring facility. ´All the remaining 98 COVID-19 positive inmates are asymptomatic and confined at the holding area which is on total lockdown,´ Dr. Yu said.
 
Dr. Yu said one of 11 female inmates tested positive from August to September and she had since recovered. ´The quarantine period for female inmates is 21 days instead of 14 days and all inmates undertake RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) tests. The nurses and jail guards are also tested and one jail guard is quarantined after testing positive at a separate facility,´ he said.
 
 
 
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It´s not just Cagayan de Oro City Hall that is ´doing the heavy lifting´ anymore as far as housing the city´s mild to moderate COVID-19 cases are concerned.
 
´Last Friday (Oct. 23), we met with officials of private hospitals, JR Borja General Hospital , Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the Department of Health (DOH) and we talked about the admissions of mild to moderate local COVID-19 cases in private hospitals and the guidelines in accepting them,´ City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said during Saturday noon´s (Oct. 24) press briefing.
 
Dr. Nery said the rising number of local COVID-19 cases, majority of which are asymptomatic and mild so far, made it unavoidable for private hospitals to accept these patients. ´But it is still clear that NMMC remains the main COVID-19 referral hospital for the city and northern Mindanao,´ Dr. Nery said.
 
Dr. Nery said under the arrangement arrived at by everyone in the meeting, the NMMC will accept severe to critical COVID-19 cases while the city´s temporary treatment monitoring facilities (TTMFs), JR Borja General Hospital and private hospitals will accept mild to moderate COVID-19 cases.
 
´There is a provision in (Republic Act 11494 or) the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act I which mandates private hospitals to allocate 20 percent of their authorized bed capacity and government hospitals to allot 30 percent of their bed capacity to COVID-19 cases,´ Dr. Nery said.
 
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, who joined last Friday´s meeting, thanked the city´s private hospitals for helping the NMMC and City Hall in accepting asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 patients. ´Nalipay ko sa ilang pagtabang og pagsabot nila sa siyudad og NMMC (I´m thankful for their help and understanding with the city and NMMC),´ Mayor Moreno said.
 
´It isn´t just Cagayan de Oro City but northern Mindanao which benefits from this cooperation between the city, NMMC and private hospitals. The NMMC´s critical care capacity is a crucial indicator for the city and region´s quarantine status (and if NMMC is overrun by COVID-19 cases), then all of us in northern Mindanao takes a hit,´ Mayor Moreno said.
 
 
 
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Cagayan de Oro logs 62 cases today, Oct 24, of which 41 are inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who are all taken cared and isolated at the BJMP isolation facility in Lumbia; 7 close contacts, 12 new local cases (5 are call center agents, 1 factory worker) and 1 APOR.

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Despite the rising number of local COVID-19 cases in Cagayan de Oro City, the number of admissions from the city remained steady at 27 at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), a top official of NMMC said Friday (Oct. 23).
 
´That´s because Cagayan de Oro City was able to absorb the mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 patients in the city in their temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMFs) and this reduced the number of admissions of COVID-19 cases to single digits,´ said Dr. Gina Itchon, NMMC´s research and development department during Friday noon´s press briefing.
 
In her daily report, City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said about 27 of the city´s COVID-19 patients remain confined at the NMMC´s Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases (EREID) section. Cagayan de Oro City has 1,372 cumulative COVID-19 cases so far of which 382 are active or ongoing cases, Dr. Nery said.
 
About 1,021 are local cases while 351 are returning Kagay-anons from various parts of the country and abroad. While the city recorded 61 deaths, it also registered 891 recoveries as of 10 pm of Oct. 22, Dr. Nery said. ´Ás far as NMMC is concerned, our patient admissions went down in the past few weeks since we recorded 86 COVID-19 patients this month, compared to a high of 151 cases last September,´ Dr. Itchon said.
 
NMMC had been designated as the main COVID-19 referral hospital in Cagayan de Oro City and northern Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno had repeatedly emphasized the necessity for the city and northern Mindanao´s local governments to protect NMMC from the surge of COVID-19 cases by containing and stopping the spread by building more isolation units to house their local cases and arrivals.
 
 
 
 
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