CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, April 29 (PIA) – The Kalinga Provincial Hospital has limited admission of non-COVID patients as 25 of the hospital staff are isolated for testing positive for COVID-19.
Last April 26, the KPH issued an advisory that 13 of its health workers had positive RT-PCR test results. Yesterday, Chief-of-Hospital Dr Marilyn T. Duyan confirmed that 12 more hospital staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The 25 are among the 31 hospital workers who were swabbed due to direct exposure to COVID-19 patients this month.
Chief-of-Hospital Dr Marilyn T. Duyan said mandatory swabbing of the more than 300 KPH personnel is now ongoing. The KPH has recorded 58 health frontliners positive of COVID-19 since January 2021.
Duyan said the KPH has issued an advisory to temporarily limit out-patient admission, except to severe emergency cases, until further notice.
During the April 28 Provincial Interagency Task Force meeting, Duyan reported that they are now catering to 142 patients, both COVID and non-COVID, more than the required 100-bed capacity of a level one hospital. Forty four of the patients are confirmed COVID cases, five of them severe.
Per Department of Health policy, a level one hospital such as the KPH shall cater up to moderate COVID-19 cases only. However, the hospital admitted severe to critical cases because of the upsurge of cases.
The dilemna now. according to Duyan is that PhilHealth has denied their claims for the payment of severe cases. It is good the provincial government has stepped in to shoulder the expenses.
“We thank the provincial government for prioritizing health over others,” Duyan stated. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga with reports from Kalinga PLGU)