Some relief for Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in the past few days as COVID-19 cases shrank to four to five cases since the start of October, a top NMMC official said Friday (Oct. 30).

‘The admissions of COVID-19 cases are not that many based on our records which showed that we received four to five admissions a day. This would indicate a sort of plateauing or leveling off of the cases with case doubling time (period of time in between the last reported COVID-19 case and new recorded case) at 7.9 days,’ said Dr. Gina Itchon, NMMC department chief of research and development.

Dr. Itchon’s disclosure came days after NMMC, the City Health Office, JR Borja General Hospital and officials of private hospitals agreed to an arrangement in which private hospitals would now accept mild to moderate COVID-19 patients along with JR Borja General Hospital. All severe to critical COVID-19 cases will still be referred to the NMMC.

Dr. Itchon and NMMC liaison officer Dr. Bernard Julius Rocha credited Cagayan de Oro City Hall under Mayor Oscar Moreno’s administration with helping absorb mild to moderate COVID-19 cases in the city’s seven temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMFs).

In her weekly assessment during Friday noon’s press briefing, Dr. Itchon said they recorded 171 COVID-19 cases from Oct. 1-28 or an increase of 20 cases from the 151 cases they recorded last September. Despite this, Dr. Itchon said they recorded fewer severe COVID-19 cases this month compared to last September which is higher than the 35 COVID-19 admissions they recorded last August. ‘

Despite this, Dr. Itchon said the number of COVID-19 positive cases are still rising though most of them are mild to asymptomatic. ‘September showed the highest spike of case admissions at NMMC as it reached triple digits compared to double digits at the end of last August (and we are now on eight or nine months into the pandemic),’ Dr. Itchon said.

‘So what does this mean? We recorded an additional 20 cases this October but we are hoping that we are seeing a plateauing or leveling off of severe COVID-19 cases even as we are ready and continue to receive more patients,’ Dr. Itchon said. NMMC is designated as the main COVID-19 referral hospital in Cagayan de Oro City and northern Mindanao. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19


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Friday, 30 October 2020 00:14

BJMP to schedule transfer of PDLs

The regional Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) will schedule the transfer of persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) to avoid congestion of their detention cells and minimize COVID-19 infection in their premises.

‘The BJMP wrote the Cagayan de Oro City police concerning the scheduling of the transfers on certain days to avoid congestion at their cells and holding facility. The city will help BJMP to re-schedule the transfers because the inmates there don’t have individual cells and what’s important is to prevent COVID-19 infection of the prison population,’ Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said Friday (Oct. 30).

Mayor Moreno said during Friday noon’s press briefing that the BJMP have their own medical staff to coordinate with the City Health Office (CHO) in handling the inmates quarantined at the BJMP holding facility. About nine of the 29 new COVID-19 cases recorded by the CHO as of 10 pm Oct. 29 were PDLs, City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said.

CHO resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya said about 115 out of 443 male inmates tested and 13 out of 25 female inmates tested positive for COVID-19. About six out of 30 jail guards tested positive for the virus but all of them had since recovered, Dr. Retuya said. He said Dr. Nery met with officials of the BJMP, the city police and other law enforcement agencies Friday morning on this issue.

‘We came out with the decision that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-10) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-10) will schedule their transfer of PDLs to the BJMP every 1st, 2nd and 16th to 17th of the month. But in case of the city police, there’s a compromise of once a week transfer of inmates because their precinct cells are nearly full to capacity. We will give updates on this,’ Dr. Nery said. 

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Cockfight derbies won’t be held in Cagayan de Oro City anytime soon especially with local COVID-19 cases still rising despite the easing of restrictions in Manila, Mayor Oscar Moreno said Thursday noon (Oct. 29).
‘Dili pa (It’s not yet) timely, it’s like inviting the virus to infect city residents. The evidence is very clear that local cases are on the rise in Cagayan de Oro City. I understand that a lot of people are looking at Manila which is now undergoing relaxation of their quarantine restrictions but even if an area is low risk, that’s no reason to relax when your neighbors have high rate of local cases,’ Mayor Moreno said.
While the national government allowed cockfighting derbies and horse race betting in areas under both modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ) areas, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) allowed local governments to decide if licensed cockpit operators can resume operations in their areas.
During Thursday noon’s press briefing, Mayor Moreno showed a chart that indicated a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila from 8,050 last Sept. 1-7 to 3,072 last Oct. 20-27. In comparison, Cagayan de Oro City’s COVID-19 cases rose from 69 cases for the Sept. 1-7 period to 189 cases last Oct. 20-27. The bulk of the city’s cases were local index or close contacts of previous patients that recovered.
Despite this, Cagayan de Oro City which is under MGCQ recorded 968 recoveries out of a cumulative 1,589 COVID-19 cases with 68 deaths so far from March to October 28, said City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said. ‘Bikil kaayo karon (it’s unfavorable now) so I apologize to cockfight enthusiasts since I cannot allow it at this time,’ Mayor Moreno said.
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GITUN-AN na karon sa City Health Office ubos sa pagpangulo ni Acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery ang pagpatuman sa time-bound recovery base sa World Health Organization standard sa mga nagpositibo sa COVID 19 ning syudad.

Matud ni City Epidemiologist Dr Teodulfo Joselito Retuya Jr., ang time–bound nagpasabot nga kung wala na nagpakita og sintomas ang pasyente sulod sa 14 days quarantine dili na kini kinahanglan pang mopailawom sa repeat swab ug pwede nang madeklara nga COVID-free na.

Gani man, bitbit na sa mga COVID 19 patients ang certificate human molpirma ang Infectious Disease Specialist mismo nga luwas na sila sa virus.

Dugang ni Dr. Retuya nga ila nang giplastar ang pagpakigpulong sa mga barangay officials aron masabtan nila ang maong stratehiya ug walay mahitabong diskriminasyon ug pagbalibad sa pagdawat sa mga pasyente sa ilang barangay.

Kahinumdoman nga daghan nang mga lugar sa nasud ang nagpatuman sa maong stratehiya nga gisunod usab sa Department of Health apan wala kini gisunod sa administrasyon ni Mayor Oscar Moreno sanglit buot niining masiguro nga luwas na gayud sa infection ang pasyente ug dili na kini makahatag og kabalaka sa pamilya ug sa katilingban. 

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The newly approved ‘Clean As You Go’ ordinance or City Ordinance 13968-2020 should instill a change in mindset and sense of discipline among Kagay-anons in cleaning up after themselves without requiring others to do it for them.
‘Ang tumong sa ‘Clean As You Go’ ordinance mao paghiniusa tanang Kagay-anon og pag-usab sa ilang panglantaw aron moapil sa pagtabang paghipos sa mga utensils nga ilang gigamit sa pagkaon. Kay ang responsibilidad sa paglimpyo di lang ibilin sa laing tawo kon dili sugod sa ato (The purpose of the ‘Clean As You Go’ ordinance is to unify Kagay-anons and change their outlook so they can help properly dispose of their utensils used for eating. The responsibility of cleaning up should not be left to others but should start with ourselves),’ Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya said during the Ang CDO Karon program aired Thursday morning (Oct. 29).
Nacaya, who authored the ordinance, said the measure was signed by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno recently and City Hall will carry out an intensive three-month information and education campaign on its implementation. The first phase involves local and commercial food outlets who will be required to set up signages informing their customers about compliance to the ordinance.
The three-month IEC will then be focused on the public, Nacaya said. ‘As the ordinance stated, food service providers will be fined P1,000 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense and P5,000 for the third offense. There are school canteens and even eateries that practice CLAYGO (and we should institutionalize this),’ Councilor Nacaya said in Visayan.
‘As Cagayan de Oro moves towards metropolization, part of that process of metropolization is a change in mindset and character. The transformation may be slow but it should be steady and sustained kay ang paglambo di lang taman sa infrastraktura kon dili sugod sa eksaktong pamantasan (because development is not just confined to infrastructure but also starts at developing the right character),’ Councilor Nacaya said.
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Thursday, 29 October 2020 14:44


To ensure compliance of minimum public health standards, Atty. Jose Edgardo Uy, chairman of Regulatory Compliance Board (RCB) together with Disiplina Muna Advocacy Team and Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) held a dialogue with the owners of establishments located in Upper Carmen, Tuesday night, Oct. 28.
Atty. Uy urged them to strictly observe the health protocols and comply the mandated regulations for the right reason.
He also reminded all stall owners to secure necessary business permits to avoid disruption of operations and possible penalties.
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Thursday, 29 October 2020 09:00


Gothong Southern, one of the country’s largest shipping and cargo companies, has donated boxes of face shields and galloons of alcohol as a way of support to the city’s raging fight against Covid-19.
In a simple turnover yesterday at the mayor’s office, Mayor Oscar Moreno, who hailed the company’s philanthropic act, received the donation from CDO branch manager Christopher John Ngo.
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Wednesday, 28 October 2020 10:31

DOH, NMMC to guide operations of EREID facility

Completion of the two-storey emerging and reemerging infectious diseases (EREID) facility along with a joint agreement that would manage its operations are projected to be done next month, City Hall officials said Tuesday (Oct. 27).
´Work on the two-storey EREID facility is more than half done but due to the rains, we hope to complete this by November. This facility is divided into wards and the design is based on the temporary treatment management facility standards as set by the Department of Health (DOH),´ City Health Insurance Office (CHIO) chief Dr. William Bernardo said in Tuesday noon´s press briefing.
Dr. Bernardo said the EREID facility in Barangay San Simon will have a 75-bed capacity along with a biosafety level 2 laboratory. ´We will schedule a meeting to set up the operations of the facility and discuss personnel and operational cost concerns along with who will handle the center that will be specified in the joint agreement,´ he said.
Mayor Oscar Moreno said the P50 million facility that is funded from City Hall´s share of the Bayanihan To Heal As One grant from the national government should be sustained beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. ´I specified that the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) should be involved in the planning of the construction so that the facility meets their standards along with DOH,´ Mayor Moreno said.
´The best way to (operate the facility) is through the kurambos system (shared arrangement) or a venture between the city government, the DOH, NMMC, JR Borja General Hospital and maybe a private hospital group. It can even become a regional EREID facility,´ Mayor Moreno said.
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