BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
With the steady decrease of COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson wants the Valeriano M. Gatuslao Memorial Hospital in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, reverted to a non-COVID hospital.
“Its reversion would mean a lot not only for the Himamaylanons but mostly for the people of the 5th District having non-COVID-19 related concerns and illnesses, since they would no longer be compelled to go to Kabankalan City to seek medical assistance, Tongson, in his letter to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, through Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, said.
Aside from Valeriano Gatuslao Memorial Hospital, the Cadiz City and Valladolid District Hospitals are two other designated COVID-19 hospitals in Negros Occidental.
As City Mayor of Himamaylan City as well as chairman for the South-Central Negros Interlocal Health Zone, I strongly appeal that this urgent request will merit your favorable and prompt response, Tongson further said in his letter to Gov. Lacson.
Negros Occidental remains under Alert Level 2 until November 30 this year, based on the executive order issued by Gov. Lacson.
As of November 27, COVID-19 active cases in the province further went down to 470 from its peak of more than 4,400 last month, according to a report of the Provincial Incident Management Team.*