Tabuk City, Kalinga – An additional 8-room isolation facility at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH) grounds is now open to accommodate COVID-19 infected individuals after its blessing on September 12, 2021.
The facility was made possible through the initiative of Provincial Governor Ferdinand B. Tubban as part of the province’s COVID-19 response, with the assistance of Department of Health (DOH).
The Provincial Information Office earlier disclosed that the facility is worth P3,700,000. P3,200,000 of the amount was funded under the Bayanihan grant of the national government, while the remaining P500,000 was a counterpart of Kalinga Provincial Local Government Unit through its Quick Response Fund.
The office explained that the facility was initially planned to have seven isolation beds, but “the common area of said facility was converted as an additional room.”
According to KPH Hospital Chief Dr. Marilyn Duyan, six of the new isolation beds were already occupied and KPH is attending to 68 COVID-19 cases as of writing.
“KPH with PLGU Kalinga are doing everything, but still we have limitations because KPH is a Level 1 hospital catering to severe cases,” Duyan stated.
Data of the Provincial Health Office reveals that the overall Bed Occupancy Rate for Temporary Treatment Monitoring Facility, Hospitals, and Infirmaries is at critical risk level.
This indicates the clear danger of our Health Care Facilities being overwhelmed, if not already overwhelmed.
The province, as of September 12, has 690 active cases with 5,691 recoveries and 100 deaths.
Governor Tubban renewed call for the community to strictly observe minimum public health standards to prevent further spread of the dreaded virus. The public, he said, must practice proper wearing of face mask, frequent hand sanitation, and physical distancing.
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