Mar 23, 2020

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Gov. Pineda opens Diosdado hospital as center for COVID-19 PUI cases


GUAGUA, Pampanga- Governor Dennis “Delta” opened on March 23 the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPMMH) as center intended to cater cases of persons under investigation (PUI) showing mild symptoms of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

This developed as more PUI and Persons under monitoring (PUM) cases in the province continued to surge since enhanced community quarantine was imposed in the area of Luzon.

According to Governor Delta, this is the strategy of the provincial government to properly manage suspected COVID-19 cases in the province.

To handle this, Governor Delta has assigned DPMMH, as facility for COVID-19 related cases so that other district hospitals could focus on non-COVID19 cases in the province.

“Nagkaroon pa kami ng kasunduan ng DPMMH na isang provincial hospital na lahat po ng mga may sintomas ng COVID-19 dito muna po lahat pupunta. Dito lahat irerefer, intended ngayon ang DPMMH para sa mild cases ng COVID-19 para matutukan ng maayos ngayong panahon ng state of calamity,” he said.

Suspected COVID-19 patients who would be diagnosed here with severe symptoms will be immediately transferred to Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBLMRH).

Pineda also encouraged Kapampangans to directly go to the hospital if in doubt, feeling common symptoms of colds, fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

“Sa akin pong mga Cabalen, ito po ang ospital na pwede ninyong puntahan kung nakakaranas ng mga sintomas ng sipon, ubo, at lagnat. Dito na po kayo pumunta, kami na po ang bahalang magpagamot sa inyo, “ he assured.

The governor assured patients who are unable to travel to DMMH will be fetched by the hospital’s medical personnel.

“Kung problema niyo po ang pagpunta , huwag po kayong mag-alala kami na mismo ang magsusundo sa inyo,” he added.

For his part, Dr Antonio ‘Jay’ Rivera, medical consultant to the governor, disclosed that it has been the vision of the governor to have a centralized facility that will focus on managing suspected cases of COVID-19.

Rivera meanwhile assured that DPMMH is ready and equipped with capable medical specialists and necessary medical resources to accommodate suspected COVID 19 patients.

“We have specialists na ready ng tumingin sa kanila,” Dr. Rivera said.

Rest assured na ang mga empleyado ay safe, kumpleto sa gamit, fully sanitized and may mga protocols and procedures tayo na sinusunod, “he shared.

Latest figure released by the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) shows that as of March 23, 3pm, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province remained at three (3). Out of these confirmed cases, two (2) are alive and one (1) is dead. 38 patients were reported under PUI, while PUMs jumped further to 7,973.

DPMMH will start accommodating patients with mild and vital symptoms of COVID-19 today, March 23, Rivera added.

Consulting patients may call at the official hotline number of DMMR at 0943-007-5960 or 0943-007-5979.