The Cebu Provincial Government will utilize the Women's Center in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City as temporary shelter for dialysis patients living in Cebu Province with regular sessions in hospitals in the city.
This is to prevent possible transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in their hometowns as they might acquire the virus in the hospitals where Covid-19 patients are being treated.
The shelter will be for those patients who can't afford to rent or have no relatives in the city. Those who have relatives or can rent a place to stay are advised to do so.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia came to this decision after town and city mayors and health officers raised this concern following reports of dialysis patients found positive of Covid-19.
She said a dialysis patient from Daanbantayan, who had regular sessions at Chong Hua Hospital twice a week, was later found to be Covid-19 positive.
The patient, however, died of cardiac arrest, not of Covid-19, while on his way to the hospital from Daanbantayan onboard an ambulance.
“Kay ang gisulti sa mayor sa Daanbantayan (Mayor Sun Shimura) karon nga ang ambulansya diin kadtong pasyente gigamit pagpadung hatod, ang mga sakay gikinahanglan i-quarantine ug gi-PUMs (persons under monitoring) na sila kay in contact with positive,” Garcia said.
The governor also said nobody applies as ambulance driver as of now because of fear that they might be infected of Covid-19.
“Busa muhangyo ta sa dialysis patients nga mangita og kapuy-an dinhi. Ug dili gyud mahimo ug dili makaya nga muabang og balay o walay paryente nga kapuy-an, ato i-convert atong Women’s Center alang sa dialysis patients,” she said.
Garcia also asked the mayors, MHOs and CHOs for the total number of less fortunate dialysis patients so the Capitol can prepare.
“We wish for all mayors and our MHOs and city health officers to coordinate with us arun masayod ta pila ni sila kabuok. Kadtong may kaya kamo na mangita. Kadto medyo naglisud mao na atong tagaan og kapuy-an,” she said, adding that strict protocols will be put in place at the shelter.
Although those with pre-existing conditions that need treatment in Cebu City hospitals are exempted from the border restrictions set by the Province, Garcia said extra precautionary measures must be taken to avoid the spreading of Covid-19 to the province.
“Tungod kay nabalaka (ang mayors) sa pagsud og balik sa dialysis patients (in their localities) labi na immunocompromised ni sila, ang local chief executive na ana moy moral persuasion alang sa kasiguradohan na ari una sila (Cebu City) or else di na mo ka issue (cross border certification),” she said.
The governor will be issuing an executive order (EO) stating the protocols for dialysis patients who need to come to Cebu City for their regular dialysis sessions. The EO will take effect on Wednesday, May 6. (Mylen Manto)