2 ISOLATION ROOMS IN BUTUAN MEDICAL CENTER, READY FOR NCOV PATIENTS
Updated: Feb 20, 2020
According to the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, there are 16 Chinese nationals in the region being monitored for coronavirus after knowing they traveled from Wuhan, China, on February 2, 2020.
While there are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Caraga, the city of Butuan is gearing up to fight against the said infectious disease.
2 isolation rooms dedicated to suspected nCoV cases are ready in Butuan Medical Center (BMC).
The isolation rooms are distant from the rest of the other rooms and designed where the air can't come in and out.
The room is not air-conditioned, but the bed is provided, and it has a set of protective gears, including N95 mask, goggles, gloves, and fluid resistant gown.
City Administrator Rey Detiata said the rooms were originally for the Tuberculosis patients, adding that the quarantine area is in the Caraga Regional Hospital situated in Surigao City.
Desiata reassures they are looking for other potential areas to set up quarantine rooms in the event of increased nCov cases in the region. They are also coordinating with the barangay and health workers, and the transport means are also ready for nCov patients.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada has approved the purchase of additional medicines and the protective gear to be used by the medical staff that will help the nCov patients.