Surge in COVID-19 cases in Davao del Norte overwhelms medical centers, forces patients to stay at home

Published June 14, 2021, 12:22 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – Overwhelmed hospitals in Davao del Norte have forced COVID-19 positive patients to stay at home while awaiting hospital admission.

This was confirmed by Davao del Norte governor Edwin Jubahib in a video message on Sunday.

“Daghan sa atong mga kaigsoonan ang nag-antos sa komplikasyon sa COVID, ug gani daghan kanila ang anaa sa ilang mga panimalay sa karon, nagpaabot nga dawaton sa atong mga hospital kay puno na gyud ang mga balay tambalanan, public man o private (A lot of our brothers and sisters are suffering from COVID-19 complications and a lot of them are staying at home as of now, awaiting hospital admission because both public and private medical centers are now full),” Jubahib said.

Davao del Norte was placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from June 10 to June 30, 2021, following a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Jubahib issued Executive Order (EO) No. 26, Series of 2021, which prohibits non-essential travels and gatherings outside the province.

The governor added that medical equipment is likewise depleting. He said isolation facilities cannot accommodate persons who have close contact with COVID-positive patients due to the surge.

“Nagkulang na pud ang atong mga medical equipment ug mga pasilidad. Puno na pud ang atong mga isolation facilities ug gani ang kadtong mga naay exposure sa nagpositibo sa COVID ato nang gitambagan nga mag-home quarantine na lang mintras nagapaabot nga mabakante ang mga pasilidad ug mga ospital (Our medical equipment and facilities are depleting. Our isolation facilities are already full and we have advised those who were exposed to COVID-19 patients to stay home for their quarantine while we await for vacancies in isolation facilities and hospitals),” Jubahib said.

As of Sunday, June 13, 2021, data from the Provincial Health Office of Davao del Norte shows that the province has recorded 45 new confirmed cases, 13 recoveries, and three deaths, bringing the total to 6,086 confirmed cases, 4,590 recoveries, and 245 deaths. Davao del Norte currently has 1,252 active cases.

Tagum City has recorded the most number of new cases and active cases in the province with 13 and 641, respectively. The city has recorded a total of 2,530 COVID-19 cases, 1,789 recoveries, and 100 deaths.

The Davao Regional Medical Center in Apokon, Tagum City is yet to release an updated data on their bed capacity allotted for COVID-19. However, as of June 10, the occupied ward and ICU beds were 78 out of 187 ward beds; and 39 out of 78 ICU beds.

In the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), 83 ICU beds out of the 87 beds allotted for COVID patients were occupied as of 12 noon on June 13. Meanwhile, the 321 ward beds for COVID patients are fully occupied.