Emergency Appeal of Bacolod City to Pres. Duterte Over the Increasing COVID-19 Cases
BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia penned an “Emergency and Urgent Appeal” to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Undeniably, one of the countries that the healthcare system was shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic is the Philippines. As of this writing, PH has recorded 197,164 cases of coronavirus in the country.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), they have logged 3,038 deaths and 132,396 recoveries out of the said total cases. Thousands of cases are added to the total daily for several days now.
Due to the increasing number of patients, several big hospitals across the nation reached its full capacity for coronavirus cases. Most of these hospitals have health workers that contracted the disease thus they need to be isolated decreasing the manpower.
In Bacolod City, the 147 beds intended for COVID-19 cases in seven hospitals were already occupied and many health workers were infected by the disease. The situation urged Mayor Bing Leonardia to make an “Emergency and Urgent Appeal” to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
According to the City Mayor, many health workers have yet to return to work or have gone AWOL after testing positive for COVID-19. Based on a report of Aksyon Radyo Bacolod, some staff also decided to resign from work amid the huge risks.
The Bacolod City Mayor appealed to Pres. Duterte to send 150 nurses, 20 doctors, and 30 medical technologists to help in the fight against COVID-19. He revealed that some patients died at their residence as they failed to get emergency services from hospitals.
Based on the report, Mayor Leonardia expressed an understanding in his appeal that the request “may be hard to fill in short notice” and assured appreciation of whatever number of health workers may be sent to help the City.
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