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Resources poured into SPMC to reduce infection in private hospitals

Philippine Information Agency
08 Apr 2020, 08:38 GMT+10

DAVAO CITY, April 7 (PIA) - The Department of Health Davao Center for Health Development (DOH DCHD), through the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), is allocating resources and implementing strategies to control the spread of COVID-19 by referring all potential COVID-19 cases to two government hospitals in the Davao region.

The SPMC Chief of Hospital Dr. Leopoldo Vega discussed the strategy implemented by health authorities and the local government of Davao City to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in Davao City while being able to maintain essential medical services that are non-COVID related.

"SPMC has been identified as the COVID referral center for Davao City. This is the strategy that we adopted with the DOH and the City Mayor in making sure that the other private hospitals can treat non-COVID patients," Dr. Vega said

Most of the resources from both the government and the private sector that is relevant to the fight against COVID-19 are being directed to SPMC since all cases for COVID-19 are being catered by the said medical facility in Davao City.

"The main idea here really since SPMC is able to absorb the number of clientele and the number of intensive care units it can possibly be just the COVID center for the entire Davao Region - servicing all moderate and critically ill patients," Dr. Vega said.

Dr. Vega also discussed how difficult it would be if private hospitals were allowed to treat COVID-19 patients since it is going to directly affect other non-COVID patients - crippling essential health services in the region.

"What happens if there is no strategy wherein everybody gets involved with a positive COVID-19 case, then all of the hospitals will be contaminated and it will be very hard to treat non-COVID patients," Dr. Vega added. (PIA XI/Kevin Caro)

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