Mandaue’s 5 PTVs ready to bring elderly, asymptomatic patients to hospitals 

OLANGO ISLAND, Lapu-Lapu City — With the five new Patient Transport Vehicles (PTVs) procured by the Mandaue City government, residents can expect faster medical response, patient transportation, and ambulance services. Lawyer John Eddu Ibañez, executive secretary of Mayor Jonas Cortes, said in an interview with CDN Digital on December 25 that the PTVs would help […] The post Mandaue’s 5 PTVs ready to bring elderly, asymptomatic patients to hospitals  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnDec 27th, 2020

Ninoy Aquino Stadium ready to accept COVID-19 patients

The converted Ninoy Aquino Stadium inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will be ready to accept coronavirus (COVID-19)-positive patients this week. Just five days after transforming the sports arena into a quarantine center, the 112-bed NAS facility will open its doors to patients with mild symptoms and those who are asymptomatic starting Wednesday, April 8, as announced by the Department of Health.  Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO and Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects Vince Dizon said that patients in NAS, and other converted quarantine facilities, the Philippine International Convention Center and the World Trade, Center will all have air-conditioned cubicles with plug-in outlets, free food for patients and the medical staff, free internet connection, and round-the-clock medical assistance.   “In these facilities, there will be 24/7 medical care given by the medical professionals…For the Ninoy Aquino [stadium], the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Corps will be taking care of our patients. There’s going to be free food for all our patients and our staff—the nurses and the doctors,” Dizon said.   The PICC will have 294 beds, and the World Trade Center will have 502 beds. The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan may also be transformed into a quarantine facility as well. “The idea is really twofold: we need these quarantine centers because we want to be able to move Covid-positive patients from their communities into facilities such as this. This was also done in other countries as well, but even equally important is we have to help our hospitals decongest, and allow more hospital beds to be used by more severe patients with Covid-19,” Dizon added. Meanwhile, the Philippine Sports Commission in a memo released on Monday urged all national sports associations to closely monitor the activities of their athletes and coaches to ensure their welfare and well-being. The government’s sports body also reminded all athletes and coaches to follow the enhanced community quarantine guidelines of social distancing, staying at home and proper hygiene......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

DOH to decongest hospitals by 40%

To decongest 30 to 40 percent of COVID-19 beds in National Capital Region Plus area hospitals, the Department of Health is eyeing the transfer of mild or asymptomatic patients from hospitals to isolation facilities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 5th, 2021

More asymptomatic patients in hospitals prompt DOH-7’s call for more ‘hotel-isolation’ rooms

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is pushing for more hotels here to house asymptomatic patients if it means preventing the hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients. DOH-7 on Monday, February 22, announced they registered a slight increase in the critical care utilization rate of public and private […] The post More asymptomatic patients in hospitals prompt DOH-7’s call for more ‘hotel-isolation’ rooms appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Asymptomatic patients make up 92% of COVID-19 cases in Cebu City 

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Even as the critical care utilization rates of hospitals in Metro Cebu gradually increase, health officials here assure that this is not an alarming development.  The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) on Monday, February 15 said they recorded utilization rate of 43.5 percent for private hospitals in Metro Cebu […] The post Asymptomatic patients make up 92% of COVID-19 cases in Cebu City  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2021

Mandaue City opens new isolation center

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – Mandaue City’s new isolation unit in Barangay Looc here is now ready to accept coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients. Lawyer John Eddu Ibañez, executive secretary of Mayor Jonas Cortes, said there are now nurses and medical personnel there and all new COVID-19 positive in the city will now be admitted to the […] The post Mandaue City opens new isolation center appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2021

Ilocos Norte to operate oxygen generator plant

LAOAG CITY (PNA) – The Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital (GRBASMH) here is set to operate a P20-million oxygen generator plant this month, Dr. Rogelio R. Balbag, executive officer of the Ilocos Norte Hospital Management Council (INHMC), said Friday. Balbag said almost 90 percent of the warehouse for the medical oxygen generator has been constructed, while the machine, its accessories, and the trained personnel are also set to be installed. As part of improving the health care system, the Ilocos Norte government is eyeing the upgrade of its health facilities to address the shortage of oxygen supply often encountered by district hospitals. “With our oxygen generator, we will no longer import. Instead, we will be able to produce our own. Also, Ilocos Norte can save a budget and even supply other private hospitals,” he added. Meanwhile, a Malasakit Center will soon open at the GRBASMH. The center is a one-stop shop where patients could access medical and financial assistance offered by various government agencies. “This is a pet project of our governor. We are just waiting for the launch date from the Office of the President and we will be ready to open,” Balbag said, noting that the center would be replicated in all district hospitals to serve more Ilocanos. When Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc assumed office, he pledged to invest in the health of Ilocanos, whom he recognized as the province’s “greatest assets”. As such, the provincial government has been expanding its health care infrastructure to increase the capacity of all government-managed hospitals in the province. This year, more than P118 million has been allocated for the improvement, rehabilitation, and renovation of the provincial and district hospitals. Among the completed infrastructure projects at the provincial hospital are the computerized tomography (CT) scan building, renovation of the intensive care unit room, and the rehabilitation of comfort rooms. The operating and delivery rooms of the Dingras District Hospital were also rehabilitated, while several fixtures at the Vintar District Hospital were repaired. Other ongoing projects are the construction of a placenta pit, a sewerage system, the medical oxygen generator warehouse, and the improvement of the dialysis center and operating room complex of GRBASMH. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 8th, 2020

Italy ‘second wave’ fears grow as virus cases top 5,000

Italy was grappling Friday with fears of a second coronavirus wave similar to the ones seen in Britain, France and Spain, as it registered over 5,000 new infections in 24 hours. “We’re under extreme pressure,” the World Health Organization’s Italian government adviser Walter Ricciardi said, warning that spaces in Covid-19 hospitals were running out in the worst-hit regions. Italy registered 5,372 new cases Friday, the health ministry said, nearly 1,000 more than on Thursday. The country has not seen such high numbers of recorded new infections since mid-April. New infections are still well behind Britain, France and Spain, which are registering between 12,000 and 19,000 cases in 24 hours. But Ricciardi said the rise in cases could reach those levels in Italy just as winter begins and common influenza strikes. “When the flu comes, we risk having 16 thousand cases in a day,” he said in an interview with broadcaster Sky TG24. “I am very worried… (about) sub-intensive units because there are infectious patients who need to be treated in a certain way and beds are already running out. And that’s before the flu hits,” he said. The government moved to tackle the sharp rise in case numbers earlier this week, making wearing face masks compulsory in outdoor spaces across the country, on top of all indoor spaces apart from homes. – ‘Dramatic decisions’ – Lazio, the region which houses capital Rome, has been performing particularly badly, along with Campania in the south and Lombardy in the north, where the pandemic broke out in Italy back in February. According to official figures, more than 36,000 people have died of the virus in Italy, where a nationwide lockdown — the first in any European country — lasted over two months. Drained by years of budget cuts, southern Italy’s overstretched health care system escaped the brunt of the virus after movement between regions was banned, preventing cases from travelling down the country. But there are fears it would not escape a second wave. The Italian Association of Hospital Anaesthesiologists said Friday that hospitals in the south, where infrastructure is weaker, were not ready for an escalating crisis, despite efforts made to boost beds and staff numbers. Campania’s regional president Vincenzo De Luca said on Facebook he thought “we’ve reached the point where dramatic decisions need to be taken”. He said he could not rule out a new lockdown of the region. Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia said Friday that if the upward trend continued, movement of people between regions may be temporarily banned. “A rise in the number of contagions was predictable. Intensive care units have been reinforced,” he said. “However, I cannot rule out limits on movements. Nothing can be ruled out at the moment,” he told Radio Capitale......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Senate may probe hospitals for overcharging — Go

Sen. Bong Go said the Senate is ready to investigate reports that some hospitals are overcharging patients in their medical bills......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

Hospitals told to refer mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to temporary facilities

The country has been seeing a renewed spike in virus infections as the government further eased quarantine measures and allowed more industries to reopen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

Bayanihan the SM Appliance Center way

The Bayanihan Spirit was alive and well when SM Appliance Center and its brand partners recently brought positivity, hope and inspiration to the frontliners and patients of the hospitals in the Philippines with donations of electric fans, mosquito zappers, and washing machines. With summer days ahead electric fans from  Imarflex, Asahi and 3D will bring […] The post Bayanihan the SM Appliance Center way appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2020

From Hopkinton to Boston, marathon absence is seen and felt

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — “It All Starts Here.” The motto is bannered on the Hopkinton website, laid into the floor of the Marathon Elementary School, painted on a sign that sends Boston Marathon participants off on their way to Copley Square. Since 1924, this 300-year-old town serendipitously located 26.2 miles west of Boston has been the starting line for the world’s most prestigious road race and, like Marathon and Athens themselves, the two are enduringly linked. “It gets stronger and stronger every year, this relationship,” said Tim Kilduff, a longtime Hopkinton resident and former Boston Marathon race director. “We see it as: The spirit of the marathon resides in Hopkinton, and we lend it out one day a year.” From the starting line in this leafy Colonial town to the finish on Boylston Street, residents and runners are preparing for a spring without the Boston Marathon — the first in 124 years. Organizers and authorities have postponed the race originally scheduled for Monday until Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic, stripping the streets of brightly colored singlets and opening a gap in the sporting schedule for runners from all over the world. “Tradition’s an overused word. But this really is a rite of spring,” Kilduff said. “So this year it will lead into a beautiful fall season in New England.” ___ On a regular marathon weekend, Hopkinton triples in size from its 16,000 residents to absorb a field of more than 30,000 runners, wheelchair racers and hand cyclists. The Town Common teems with people, along with food carts and other vendors serving both tourists and race participants previewing the course. But while others may think of Hopkinton only on the third Monday in April, the marathon and its essence permeates the town all year. Residents drive over the starting line painted on Main Street on their way to work or to concerts at the gazebo. An International Marathon Center is planned for the town, a sister city of Marathon, Greece, where the long-running tradition was birthed. There are three marathon-related statues in Hopkinton, including “The Starter,” which stands at the starting line, pistol raised, ready to send the field off for another race to Boston’s Back Bay. These days, his face is covered with a cloth mask. “This is not the NBA or baseball or the NFL. This is ours,” said Kilduff, who was the race director in 1983-84, ran the marathon in 1985 and for the last 33 years has been a spotter on the truck that leads the men’s field to the finish line. “Anybody who has run the race, volunteered for the race, supported the race, feels that they own a part of the race. They own just a little bit. So it’s ours,” he said. “The Boston Marathon is almost bigger than itself in the emotion it elicits, and the respect that people have for it.” ___ Training for a marathon can be a solitary endeavor, but the event itself is a social distancing calamity. Participants crowd into corrals to wait for the start, then run in packs to minimize air resistance. Volunteers hand out water on the course and medals at the finish. Fans and family are waiting with high fives or hugs. At Wellesley College, where the cheering is so loud it is known as the Scream Tunnel, students traditionally wave signs encouraging the runners to stop for a kiss. It’s hard to imagine this custom — already a relic of another era — surviving post-pandemic. “A lot of the signs are jokes about kissing. That’s part of the tradition, too,” said Erin Kelly, a senior who returned home to San Diego when the campus closed. “The marathon is just a big part of Wellesley’s culture. I was looking forward to seeing it as a student one last time.” ___ Oncologist Amy Comander decided to run the Boston Marathon in 2013, when colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital treated many of those injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line. “I just told myself: You’re running next year. And I did,” she said. And every year since. After starting work at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, right around the Mile 16 marker, Comander has used it as a base for her training runs. During the race itself, the sight of coworkers, friends and even patients out front cheering her on gives her a boost of energy right when she needs it: just before making the turn toward Heartbreak Hill. “I see it as a true privilege that I can go to work and I’m on the marathon course," Comander said. “You’re talking to someone who truly loves everything about the Boston Marathon." Comander is registered to run for her seventh year in a row, this time to raise money for cancer survivors and their families; she is still determined to do so in September. But on Monday, she will be caring for cancer patients, a task more stressful because of the danger the coronavirus poses to their weakened immune systems. “I will be a little sad,” said Comander, who plans to take a break from the clinic to get in an 8-mile run — but not on the course, per the request of authorities concerned about crowds. “I feel like I need to do that for myself.” ___ The daffodils are in bloom now from Hopkinton Green to Copley Square and all along the 26.2-mile route in between. Thousands of the bright yellow flowers were planted after the 2013 bombing as a symbol of rebirth and resilience, and they have the benefit of blossoming in mid-April — right around Patriots' Day — to cheer the runners along. Thousands more potted daffodils have decorated the course each year since the explosions at the finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. With the state holiday and the race postponed until the fall, the blooms will have long since withered. Instead, many of the flowers grown to decorate the course were placed outside of hospitals to thank health care staffers for working through the pandemic. Outside Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, just down the road from the 1 Mile To Go marker in Kenmore Square, the flowers were arranged in a heart. A sign encouraged workers to take a plant home. ___ Just a few steps from the finish line, the Marathon Sports shoe store on Boylston Street gets especially busy over the weekend leading up to the race, when tens of thousands of runners descend on the Back Bay. Things typically cool off on Monday, giving the staff a chance to pop out and cheer the finishers. "We don’t have any official party," said Dan Darcy, the chain’s marketing director. “It’s really just a celebration of the runners that day." Marathon participants are easily recognizable after the race: There is the medal around their neck, of course, and a mylar warming blanket draped around their shoulders if the weather is cold. Often their bib number is still pinned to their chest. “If we have any runners coming through our doors on Marathon Monday, I can tell you they’ll be recognized and they’ll hear the support from our staff,” Darcy said in a telephone interview from Fairbanks, Alaska, where he is working remotely. Marathon Sports has been a reluctant landmark since the first of the two bombs exploded outside its window at 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013. Darcy was watching the race from a different spot that day and tried unsuccessfully for hours to get in touch with his coworkers. A few were injured; others turned the store into a field hospital, treating the wounded until trained first responders could arrive. A memorial stands on the sidewalk outside to the three killed in the explosions and the two police officers who died in the ensuing manhunt, which shut down the city and surrounding area for much of the week. The store reopened about two weeks later. Now it’s closed again. “We are going to be encouraging runners to go out and get a run in on their own, keeping the social distancing, but not to run the race route itself,” Darcy said. “We’re not able to do any sort of celebration.” ___ Last month, as Americans began to isolate indoors and one sporting event after another was canceled, the Boston Athletic Association sacrificed its spring start in the hopes of keeping its 124-year tradition alive. Since the first edition in 1897, the race had always coincided with the state holiday of Patriots' Day that commemorates the first shots in the Revolutionary War. As the snow melts in New England, the course becomes increasingly populated with joggers emerging from a winter indoors to get in their training runs. To Kilduff, this year's fall race will be an opportunity to come out of a different kind of isolation. “You know what happened in the year after the bombing: There’s going to be this huge buildup of pent-up energy. And it’s going to be exhibited on the course,” he said. "It’s going to create a brand new chapter in the history of the Boston Marathon. "I’m excited as hell about this.” ___ Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon for The Associated Press since 1995......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

Dr. Villa to Labella: Don’t isolate Sitio Zapatera’s asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Barrio Luz school

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “Do not isolate the asymptomatic patients of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) of Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz at the Barrio Luz National High School.” This is the appeal of Dr. Daisy Villa, Cebu City Health Office chief, to Mayor Edgardo Labella. “The school is not ready, we are risking the spread […] The post Dr. Villa to Labella: Don’t isolate Sitio Zapatera’s asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in Barrio Luz school appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Ninoy Aquino Stadium to open as COVID-19 facility tomorrow

The Philippine Sports Commission is ready to use its sports facilities as temporary hospitals for the COVID-19 pandemic patients......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

RMC ready to receive COVID-19 patients by next week

The Rizal Memorial Coliseum is expected to receive coronavirus (COVID-19)-positive patients by next week. RMC is one of the two indoor stadiums inside the Rizal Memorial Complex aside from the Ninoy Aquino Stadium that are converted into quarantine facilities to help decongest hospitals of COVID-19 cases. LOOK: The Rizal Memorial Coliseum, one of the two indoor stadiums located inside the RMSC is also expected to serve as one of the new quarantine facilities for COVID-positive patients next week.#PSCKeepsActiveonECQ#ProductiveTimeoutwithPSC#parasainangbayan#IamSportsPositive — Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) April 8, 2020 Bed units inside RMC are already installed and the facility is expected to be ready by next week. The 112-bed NAS facility is set to open its doors to patients this week.      The said facilities will all have air-conditioned cubicles with plug-in outlets, free food for patients and the medical staff, free internet connection, and round-the-clock medical assistance.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

Most Mandaue seniors ready to receive COVID-19 vaccines

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – About 60 to 70 percent or 14 to 15,000 of the city’s 24,122 validated registered senior citizens have already registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Subangdaku Barangay Captain Ernie Manatad, chairman of the city’s COVID-19 vaccine board, said they are expecting it to increase because while the city distributes the financial […] The post Most Mandaue seniors ready to receive COVID-19 vaccines appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

A guide to eating healthy summer fruits

  MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Summer na pud! Init na kaayo ang panahon. When planning a summer outing for the family, don’t forget to include sunblock and your hats or caps to protect yourself from the scorching heat. Aside from those, don’t forget to bring season fruits that will surely give you the needed energy […] The post A guide to eating healthy summer fruits appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

A guide to home care for asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 patients

Home care could be considered for low-risk individuals who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, said Dr. Anna Ong-Lim, a pediatric infectious disease expert. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 12th, 2021

Health security

If the government wants COVID patients to opt for home isolation as much as possible to decongest hospitals, two things must be made widely accessible......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 8th, 2021

[STANDPOINT] Duterte Administration: Solve the Life-threatening Situation of Hospital Workers

As hospitals are overwhelmed, so are frontline health workers who take care of patients. SHAPE-UP Defeat Covid-19 urges the Duterte administration to immediately solve the life-threatening situation of hospital workers and appeals to hospital directors to report the real situation and be one with the hospital workers......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsApr 7th, 2021

Enough beds but not sufficient health workers — private hospitals group

Private hospitals have sufficient beds but they lack employees who will care for COVID-19 patients, said Jose De Grano, president of the Private Hospital Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPi)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 6th, 2021