By Donna Rempillo
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital (JBLMH) has released an official statement that two patients under its care has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), while five others remain under investigation.
In the statement signed by Dr. Monserrat Chichioco, Medical Chief II of JBLMH, the medical facility assured the public that all existing protocols, infection control, guidelines and other issuances consistent with the declaration of a state of public health emergency were being implemented.
Governor Dennis Delta Pineda earlier said that JBLMH was the only hospital that can handle coronavirus cases in the province.
“May separate room tayo doon, may separate na building for quarantine room na wala po tayong dapat ikatakot” [there’s a separate room, there’s a separate building for the quarantine room (so) we don’t have to worry] he explains.
The provincial government is also in close coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) in keeping track of persons under monitoring (PUMs) and those under investigation (PUIs).
“Ang mga tao na dapat nating imonitor binababa po natin sa Mayor yan at ibababa to barangay official up to barangay health worker, rural health unit , and municipal health unit” [(list of ) those people that we need to monitor is given to Mayors to barangay official up to health worker, rural health unit and municipal health unit]. Governor Pineda assures of having a close monitoring on suspected cases of COVID 19.
Meanwhile, Central Luzon chiefs had conducted a closed door meeting at Camp Olivas here.
Representatives from the Department of Health,(DOH) Department of Trade and Industry(DTI), Department of Education(DepEd), Department of Science and Technology(DOST), Department of Tourism(DOT), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration(OWWA), Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) participated in the Emergency Response Preparedness meeting.