CAINTA, Rizal- From a small device that measures the level of oxygen in the body of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, to an apparatus that filters the air in the entire building, the Cainta Municipal Hospital (CMH) has them to protect the COVID facility against the dreaded virus.
Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto, in his Facebook page said that the 30-bed CMH where about 15 COVID patients are being treated is equipped with devices aimed at decontaminating the entire COVID facility 24/7.
Nieto bared that CMH has ultrasonic atomizing machines, which gives off very fine mist of disinfectant to sanitize the rooms in the hospital.
On August 28, the mayor asked his staff to purchase additional atomizing machines from the P25,000 cash donation that they received. The machines will be placed at the town’s hospital annex which admits non-COVID cases.
The CMH also has negative air pressure machines which remove potentially dangerous particles in the air through a series of filters preventing people from inhaling toxins, bacteria or viruses that may be present. Each floor of the three storey-hospital has one unit installed.
The CMH is also equipped with 10 ultraviolet lamp devices to reduce the spread of bacteria and make viruses inactive, including SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes COVID-19.
Air filter machines are also found in most of the rooms at CMH, including the emergency room.
According to Nieto, the funds which were used to purchase these disinfection and sanitizing devices that are being used at CMH and other health facilities, were sourced from the LGU funds.
Dr. Francisco San Diego, Jr. head of the COVID Team at the Cainta Municipal Hospital told Manila Bulletin that making the health facility safe for all especially the medical frontliners, is a great morale booster at this time.
“I can say that our hospital can be at par with all other hospitals in terms of giving protection to our health workers, especially now that our municipal government has invested to make our hospital safer for us,” Dr. San Diego added.
Earlier, the municipal government distributed to all COVID-19 patients on home quarantine pulse oximeter device, an apparatus that measures the level of oxygen in one’s body when clipped to a finger.
As of August 27, Nieto said the active cases are down to 198 from 212 after 14 new recoveries. There are now 167 patients who are on home quarantine and being regularly checked by 40 consultant and volunteer doctors through the Telemedicine consultation program of the local government.