Basilan Community Hospital to reopen after temporary lockdown

DAVAO CITY - The Basilan Community Hospital, Inc (Bascom) will resume its operations on Wednesday, August 26 after it was temporarily placed under lockdown after some of its employees were found to have been exposed to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient.

(Photos courtesy of Basilan Community Hospital/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement on Monday, Bascom said it has taken “necessary actions to ensure the health and safety of our frontliners and clients.”

“Rest assured that stringent sterilization procedures were implemented prior to its re-opening,” it said.  

Bascom implemented its second and final round of disinfection and decontamination procedures on Monday.

It can be recalled that a doctor, three nurses and a utility worker who were exposed to a COVID-19 patient from Barangay Diki also tested positive for the virus on August 3.

The Department of Health (DOH) approved the hospital’s request for a temporary lockdown on August 6.

Vina Vasquez, spokesperson of Bascom, said the hospital management decided to place all the personnel under quarantine as several of them were exposed to the health care and utility workers who contracted COVID-19.

On August 13, Vasquez said all the RT-PCR test results of its 53 employees tested negative.

“Everyone is asymptomatic, properly isolated and will be discharged soon,” she said.

The hospital also reminded the public to be responsible in their observance of the proper safety protocols and for the patients to “be honest and upfront with their health history.”