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COVID-19 surge overwhelms Zamboanga del Sur hospitals

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Chief of hospital Dr. Anatalio Cagampang, Jr. said it is important the province has to step up the prevention measures to contain the rise of COVID-19 cases. (ZDS Provincial Information Office photo)

Zamboanga del Sur officials scramble to contain the spread of coronavirus as cases of COVID-19 surged overwhelming hospitals Monday, August 23.

Governor Victor Yu, in a press conference, said they are going to as the national pandemic task force to place the province under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

Stricter measures

Stricter measures, according to governor, have been effective in the province.

The governor cited the cases in June dropped to 200 from 900 when the province was placed under MECQ.

Yu admitted that some establishments are laxed in implementing the government-mandated health protocols.

He said it is a fact that many of our people do not observe the health protocols when the quarantine measures were downgraded from MECQ.

Overwhelmed

Dr. Anatalio Cagampang, Jr., chief of Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center, said “we should not rely on our hospitals” at this time when the health workers were not spared from infection.

Some 23 health workers, he disclosed, were among those positive of COVID-19.

The government hospital was placed in “total lockdown” to contain the spread of the virus, the chief of hospital said.

Cagampang said the government hospital’s isolation facility has 200 beds.

They were forced to set up some 20 tents outside the hospital catering to incoming COVID-19 patients.

All public and private COVID hospitals in the province were already full.

The chief of hospital said all COVID hospitals have a total bed capacity of 272. As of Sunday, the province has 1,046 active cases.

Cagampang said it is important the province has to step up the prevention measures to contain the rise of COVID-19 cases. (amm)

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