R1MC normal operations may resume next week

Published October 26, 2021, 12:16 PM

by Ahikam Pasion

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan — Officials of the Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) are now conducting a re-evaluation, as plans for returning to the hospital’s normal operations are being considered.

Dr. Joseph Roland Mejia, R1MC hospital director, said resumption of normal operations are being considered as cases in the province of Pangasinan continue to drop.

However, despite cases going down, Mejia said patients being admitted to the R1MC are still considered high in volume.

“Occupied pa yung karamihan sa COVID-dedicated beds, at may mga patients pa rin sa mga tents”, said Mejia in an interview over Aksyon Radyo Pangasinan.

As of writing, the hospital’s Out-Patient Department (OPD) is still shut down while other departments have their services limited in order to cater to COVID-19 patients which are being prioritized.

Medical wards holding non-COVID cases are also being limited to 50 per ward.

For the re-evaluation, Mejia said the board is looking into the latest COVID-19 cases in the province.

Meanwhile, Mejia said the hospital’s Eye Center may open towards full operation by next week.

It could be recalled that on August 2021, the R1MC closed its OPD as Covid-19 cases in Pangasinan surged. This was done in order to cater to the rising COVID cases in the province.