Iloilo ready for COVID-19 surge — governor

Published May 10, 2021, 11:23 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — The provincial government of Iloilo is prepared if there would be a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

“We have been preparing for a COVID-19 surge since April,” said Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.

Defensor assured that funding from the 2021 annual budget has been set aside for procurement of equipment or hiring of additional medical personnel.

The provincial government of Iloilo manages the Iloilo Provincial Hospital and 12 other smaller hospitals scattered in five districts.

“If needed, we will have additional beds in these hospitals,” Defensor said.

In case of overflow, the provincial government will utilize the Iloilo Sports Complex, a sports arena it owns in this city.

Aside from additional beds and utilization of the Iloilo Sports Complex, the said the Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan has spare COVID-19 testing machines at the COVID-19 molecular laboratory.

The Iloilo provincial government is preparing as there are no more travel restrictors from Metro Manila. There was also a surge in COVID-19 cases from Negros Occidental.

Citing data from the Iloilo Provincial Health Office, Defensor said COVID-19 cases are still manageable in the 42 towns and component city of Passi. As of May 9, there are 350 active cases of COVID-19 with 26 new cases in Iloilo.