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Sunday, May 24, 2020

COVID-19 referral hospital in Caraga receives donations from private sector

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) -- The Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH) received donations from private donors on May 19, with the Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go facilitating the turnover. 

Sacks of rice, face masks, and thermal scanners were given to the hospital through the Medical Center Chief, Dr. Cheryl A. Gotinga, MD, FPPS, hospital nurse Grace D. Platil, supervising administration officer Atty. Clayton Edgar M. Delgado, and Malasakit social worker Luo Francis P. Solana.

The donations were intended to further equip the medical and health workers of the hospital, as well as the workers of the 27th  Malasakit Center in the country hosted by the hospital.

Dr. Gotinga expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the anonymous donors and the government for ensuring that they be imparted with such assistance.

“Our hospital will definitely need more equipment to better accommodate COVID-19 patients. Apart from the medical equipment, the food augmentation will surely boost the determination of our frontline workers, making them even more effective in their service,” she said.

Senator Go commends the donors who continue to show selflessness and compassion amid the pandemic.

“These donations are from our generous countrymen. This proves that even in times of difficulties, there are people who are willing to lend a helping hand to those who truly need it. Bayanihan is indeed still very much alive,” the senator added.  

The CRH is a Level 2, Department of Health (DOH)-run hospital in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte and is one of the two COVID-19 referral hospitals in Caraga that accommodates both suspect cases experiencing severe symptoms and confirmed COVID-19 cases. The other referral hospital is the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) located in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

The Office of Senator Go has previously successfully turned over similar donations to other hospitals in Mindanao namely the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City; Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital (DJPRH) in General Santos City; Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in  Davao City; and Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Tandag City residents stranded in other regions, safely returned home

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) - The local government unit (LGU) of Tandag City has warmly welcomed the local residents as they arrived back in the province of Surigao del Sur from being stranded in different areas of the country due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. And as part of safety and preventive measures, they all have undergone the required process and protocols imposed by the concerned LGU.

According to Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel, all those who were stranded from areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases were subjected to 14-day mandatory quarantine in the LGU’s designated facility.

This quarantine facility could accommodate some 200 individuals.

All their needs such as food, personal hygiene kits and supplemental vitamins were shouldered by the LGU.

After five to seven days, they should have to undergo the rapid antibody-based test and another test right before leaving the quarantine facility.

For the returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have already undergone the required 14-day quarantine in other areas where they come from, shall then observe the strict home quarantine as they arrive in their hometown.

Mayor Pimentel thanked the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for extending some 250 test kits for the Rapid Antibody Test.

Apart from this, the LGU-Tandag City has also purchased some 200 test kits.

As of May 20, there have been some 72 individuals who are undergoing the 14-day quarantine at the Buenavista National High School as the designated facility in Tandag City.
The first 40 individuals have already undergone the rapid test and all were tested negative from COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Pimentel emphasized that with or without the COVID-19 crisis, the LGU of Tandag City has been providing livelihood programs to the people’s organizations in the 21 barangays, wherein each barangay will receive P500,000.00 every year. (JPG/NGB/PIA-Caraga)

DOH Caraga reports more negative results

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga receives on Sunday, 46 negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) results from Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Sub-national Laboratory. 

The 46 negative samples are as follows: a) The second follow-up result of the fourth confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case, b) 28 close contact of the 4th case, c) seven suspect cases, d) two probable cases, d) eight Rapid Antibody-test positive cases from Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, Tandag City, and Agusan del Norte.

“We are relieved that our health worker has finally turned negative in the second follow-up RT-PCR test. The patient remains asymptomatic and in good condition,” DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.

DOH Caraga also stresses the importance of strengthening the immune system in fighting infection by being physically active, eating nutritious and well-balanced diet, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and by not smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Caraga Task Force vs COVID-19 heightens preparations for 'new normal'

By Amethyst Joy A. Galos

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 -- The Caraga Regional Task Force for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (RTF COVID-19) One Caraga Shield deliberated on the region’s next steps towards the region’s gradual transition to “new normal” as the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) is being imposed in the five provinces in the region and select areas in the city until the end of May.

During its 6th teleconference meeting last May 13, the Task Force decided to request the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the National Task Force (NTF) for COVID-19 to recognize the regional task force as the policy-making and coordinating body to address the COVID-19 situation in the region. The said request was intended to clarify and harmonize functions among the One Caraga Shield, the Regional Inter Agency Task Force (RIATF) chaired by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and RTF COVID-19 chaired by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

Members of the task force also agreed to expand its membership to include the regional offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Finance (DOF), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Meanwhile, while the IATF-EID denied the request of the city government of Butuan for an extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the entire city. The task force, however, concurred to the request of the Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada to place five barangays under ECQ, 18 barangays under modified ECQ (MECQ) while the remaining barangays will be placed under GCQ.

Given the rising number of suspect cases in the city, Mayor Lagnada stated that some of these barangays are still subjected to intense contact tracing and testing.

Meanwhile, the RTF has also focused on accommodating the gradual recovery of the region’s economy during GCQ period, focusing on the continual operations of the wood industry.

The Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Economy Cluster, chaired by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga, then passed Resolution 30-A, Series of 2020, enjoining local government units (LGUs) in Caraga to strictly comply and adhere to the economic provisions of the national guidelines issued by IATF-MEID.

Three resolutions were issued to permit the resumption of the wood industry, namely Resolution Nos. 30-B, 30-C, and 30-D, Series of 2020, requesting DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu resources grant authority to the DENR regional executive director to provisionally approve the applications of wood processing plants (WPP) permits in the region and the application for tree cutting permits for naturally grown trees affected by private development projects within titled properties during the community quarantine period, and requesting the city government of Butuan to allow WPPs to continue its operations during the extended implementation of ECQ in the city, respectively. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

COVID-19 referral hospital sa Caraga nakatanggap ng donasyon mula sa private sector

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) -- Nakatanggap ng donasyon mula sa mga private donors ang Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH) noong May 19, kung saan pinangasiwaan ng tanggapan ni Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go ang pagturnover.

Nakatanggap ng mga sako ng bigas, face masks, and thermal scanners ang ospital sa pamamagitan ni Medical Center Chief Dr. Cheryl A. Gotinga; hospital nurse Grace D. Platil, supervising administration officer Atty. Clayton Edgar M. Delgado; at Malasakit social worker Luo Francis P. Solana.

Ang mga donasyon ay ipinamahagi upang patuloy na matulungan ang mga medical at health workers sa CRH at maging ang mga manggagawa ng Malasakit Center na naipatayo sa ospital.

Lubos ang pasasalamat ng mga hospital heads, lalo na ni Dr. Gotinga, sa mga donors at sa gobyerno na isinigurong maibahagi sa kanila ang mga donasyon.

“Tiyak na magagamit namin ang mga kagamitan upang mapabuti ang pag-accommodate sa mga COVID-19 patients. Malaking tulong din ang food augmentation sa aming mga manggagawa. Sa pamamagitan ng pagdating ng mga tulong ay mas magiging determinado pa silang magserbisyo sa ating mga kababayan,” aniya.

Pinuri din ni Senator Go ang mga donors na walang sawang nagpapakita ng pagmamalasakit sa kapwa sa gitna ng krisis.

“Itong mga donasyon ay mula sa ating mga kababayan. Patunay lamang na sa panahon ng hirap, nariyan ang maraming tao na bukas ang loob na tulungan ang mas nangangailangan. Buhay na buhay ang pakikipagtulungan at bayanihan sa ating bansa,” sabi ng senador.

Ang CRH ay isang Level 2 Department of Health (DOH) hospital sa Surigao City, Surigao del Norte at isa sa dalawang COVID-19 referral hospitals sa Caraga kung saan kinuconfine ang mga suspected cases na nakakaranas ng malalang sintomas at mga kumpirmadong kaso ng COVID-19 sa rehiyon.

Matagumpay din na napangasiwaan ng tanggapan ni Senator Go ang nagdaang turnovers sa iba pang mga ospital sa Mindanao katulad ng Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) sa Cagayan de Oro City; Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital (DJPRH) sa General Santos City; Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) sa  Davao City; and Davao Regional Medical Center sa Tagum City. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

5th COVID-19 positive in Caraga recorded

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 -- The departmet of Health (DOH) Caraga confirms today (May 24) the fifth case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region following receipt of results from the Southern Philippines Medical Center. A total of 47 lab results were released where 46 tested negative for the virus leaving one sample positive.

The fifth COVID-19 case is a 65-year-old Filipino male from Agusan del Norte who traveled to Manila late February, currently asymptomatic but recently turned positive in the Rapid Antibody-based Test (RAT) conducted by the local government.

“The patient has been on strict quarantine since his arrival and will continue isolation for close monitoring and further evaluation considering the results now,” said DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna.

Contact tracing is presently being conducted by the local health authorities. Identified close contacts will be subjected for RAT and progress of their condition will be observed.

“There is still a lot that we don’t know about this virus. For this reason, we urge everyone to never stop practicing our health reminders against this time of pandemic crisis," Dr. Llacuna said.

"We also request high risk individuals like the elderlies, children, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions to double your efforts in protecting your selves and immediately consult health professionals if you don’t feel well,” he added. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)