By Warren Elijah Valdez
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte is hoping that the number of persons under investigation (PUIs) being treated in the city’s healthcare facilities will no longer increase.
Duterte said on Monday there are currently three centers in the city which have a total of 110 beds ready to accommodate PUIs.
Center A has 30 beds available, now with four PUIs admission; Center B with 23 beds, 17 admissions; and Center C with 57 beds. The mayor bared that the PUIs centers being prepared were already given codes A to G, making a total of seven PUI centers in the city.
“Once everything is finished, (the) projected number of beds is 332,” Mayor Duterte added.
“We have been preparing for this (centers A to G), but we are only using (centers) A, B, and C. We have been preparing and working our best for us not to use all the 332 beds,” she said.
The other centers, however, she said were still being prepared just in case there will be more referrals from the hospital.
“We are only until Center C. Only the centers A, B, and C will be used. We should not add up more patients that we have to put in bed,” Duterte said.
Duterte also reported that based on the report the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), there were now a total of 86 PUIs in the city.
There are 65 PUIs admitted at SPMC, while Center A has four and Center B 17 PUIs. Out of the 86 PUIs, 20 patients have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Some might be wondering why are there only 20 patients positive of COVID-19 out of the 86 (PUIs). This is because others are still waiting for their results whether they are positive or not,” Duterte said.
On April 6, however, Duterte said there was a COVID-19 patient, who died, bringing the total number of fatalities in the entire region to 12.