BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City is strictly implementing its “no watchers” policy to minimize the spread of coronavirus, its medical center chief, Dr. Julius Drilon, said yesterday.
He said they started to implement the policy two weeks ago because the local transmission is “very strong” and 85 percent of the hospital staff contracted the virus from the community, adding that the rate is too high.
With the new policy, families and relatives of the patients, especially those from out of town, have camped outside the hospital premises.
This prompted officials of Barangay 18, which is located in front of the hospital, to put up a canopy and chairs where the patients’ watchers can stay.
Drilon said they will not bend their policy as this is also to protect the watchers, the healthcare workers, and the patients, because right now, “everybody is a suspect (of carrying the virus).”
He said their main concern right now is the patient and not the watchers, as he assured the families that they will take care of the needs of the patients.
He said that CLMMRH is currently serving 173 non-Covid patients and 70 virus infected patients, adding that if 173 watchers will visit the hospital at once, and if one of them is a carrier, it could be dangerous.
“We have put up a protective bubble in the hospital and bringing in a potential carrier is very dangerous,” he said.
Drilon said that 5 percent of the total 1,500 hospital workforce was hit by the virus.
Currently, they have 12 active cases, most of whom are support staff members, and they contracted the virus from the community, he said.*