BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday announced the reversion of Valladolid District Hospital and Valeriano M. Gatuslao Memorial Hospital in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, to non-COVID centers, noting that active cases in Negros Occidental have tremendously dropped in the past several weeks.
Lacson said the two district hospitals may now accept non-COVID patients on December 1 this year, while the Cadiz District Hospital will remain as the sole COVID-19 facility in the province.
Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson earlier requested Lacson that Valeriano M. Gatuslao Memorial Hospital in Himamaylan City be reverted to a non-COVID hospital, so his constituents and people of the 5th District having non-COVID-19 related concerns and illnesses, will no longer be compelled to go to Kabankalan City to seek medical assistance.
“But of course, at any time, God forbid, and a new surge may happen, then we will be ready to open more hospitals for COVID,” Lacson said.
The number of COVID-19 active cases in Negros Occidental has gone down to 487, as of November 28.
Lacson said that the annex building of Cadiz District Hospital, with 100-bed capacity, will be used as the COVID-19 center, while its main building will be accepting all kinds of medical treatment.*