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91 health care workers hit by COVID

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The number of COVID-19 health care workers assigned in various Capitol-managed hospitals rose to 91, revealed Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz yesterday.

Of the health care workers, 55 are assigned at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City and 36 others in various government hospitals, Diaz said.

While there is a limit to acceptance of patients at TLJPH due to rising of COVID-19 cases among the hospital staff, he however said, the operations of other government managed hospitals remain normal.

Among the services that are directly impacted by the suspensions are the TLJPH Outpatient Department (OPD) and their COVID-19 vaccination center. Previously, the hospital’s OB/Gyne OPD was also forced to suspended services after a number of their medical workers either fell ill or tested positive for COVID-19.

Admissions at the hospital have also been limited to extreme emergency cases only.

TLJPH management also advised all referrals to be coursed through the One Hospital System via respective City or Municipal Health Offices.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang also reported the temporary suspension of vaccination at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City to allow vaccinators to rest while others are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

But Tumimbang said that the vaccination activities different Negros Occidental towns and cities still continue.

He reported that 300 to 500 people from the Bacolod City and other towns and cities are being catered by the vaccination program at Negros Residences during scheduled vaccination days.*

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