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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, May 29, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia meets with doctors of Capitol-run hospitals to establish protocols on handling patients with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) in the province. (Lito Tecson)

Patients with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) admitted in provincial and district hospitals in Cebu Province have been given traditional immune booster remedies to help recover.

Doctors working in the Capitol-run hospitals informed Governor Gwendolyn Garcia about this in a meeting on Friday, May 29 called to establish protocols in handling SARI and ILI cases.

As part of the protocol, Garcia told the doctors to immediately isolate SARI and ILI patients and be given home remedies like lemonsito, turmeric, megadoses of vitamins C and steam inhalation twice a day.  

“The way to combat this virus is to boost our immune system. Our own body can fight that disease,” the governor said.

To support this, the Capitol will provide the hospitals grafted lemonsito, turmeric, and rice cookers for steam inhalation.  

Garcia also reminded the doctors not to refer manageable patients in the hospitals in Cebu City to avoid risks of patients getting infected by Covid-19.

She asked for a daily report on all the cases admitted in their respective hospitals with an emphasis on the infectious diseases and top two cases so this can be compared to the Covid-19 cases in the Province. 

“This is to give the people a sense of perspective,” Garcia said.

She pointed out that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence that asymptomatic Covid-19 positive can transmit the disease.

The governor also checked on the status of the hospitals especially if there are overwhelming number of patients coming in amid the pandemic.

The Capitol doctors, however, said that their hospitals only have around 30 to 40 percent bed occupancy. As of May 28, the total number of admission was 60. Most of the patients were OB-GYNE patients due for labor and only four were admitted because of SARI. (Mylen Manto)