Emergency powers for chiefs of hospitals proposed

By September 12, 2021Inside News

THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan is keen on asking Gov. Amado Espino III and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to grant chiefs of provincial government-run hospitals special powers with accompanying accountability in managing crisis situations involving COVID-19 cases in their respective hospitals.

The resolution on this matter was filed by Fourth District Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario after Second District Board Member Von Mark Mendoza stressed the need to empower chiefs of hospitals to decide on matters and issues pertaining to COVID-19 cases in their hospitals as they see fit.

Rosario said the special powers will give chiefs of hospitals leeway to decide what is best to address issues given situations and circumstances obtaining in their hospitals .

Meanwhile, Dr. Anna de Guzman, provincial health officer, told BM Mendoza that 40  frontline health care workers in provincial government-run hospitals that were infected with COVID-19 while attending to sick patients, have recovered except for two that are still in the hospital.

She clarified, however, that the infection rate of hospital personnel at the Lingayen District Hospital was 1.2 percent, but a closer look on those admitted in hospitals, the infection rate  is 1.06 percent.

She said most of the infections were not considered hospital-acquired because of the strict health and safety protocols but rather community or family-acquired.

Meanwhile, the SP approved the ordinance lowering the rate to be charged by the Provincial Molecular Laboratory in San Carlos City from P 3,800 to P4,500 to P2,800 to 3,360 for persons seeking RT-PCR tests (public and private) to conform with the rates set under DOH Circular No. 374, series of 2021. (Leonardo Micua)

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