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Home care for mild COVID cases eyed

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The provicial government and health authorities here are pushing for a Home Care Service Program as an option for people contracted with coronavirus to prevent the collapse of the health care system in Pampanga.

This was after health officials sounded the alarm as 939 hospital beds dedicated for COVID 19 patients are almost filled.

“The situation is volatile,” Governor Dennis Pineda explained, as the HCSP was conceptualized to help save coronavirus patients while waiting for their admission either in government or private medical facilities.

Latest statistics released by the Provincial Epidemiology Center revealed over 3,000 people have contracted COVID-19 as of late April.

The program, Pineda said, will be piloted in the province and will last upto three months or depending on the severity of the infections in the province. Yung national government pinag-aaralan na ito pero sa probinsya ng Pampanga magsisimula na ang implementation nito.

“Kailangan po natin gawin ito, dahil kapag nagdown ang health system natin mas marami pong Kapampangan ang mamamatay,” Pineda warned.

He said not all COVID-19 patients can avail of the program. This applies only for those who prefer to be treated in private hospitals.

“Imbes na maghintay ng lima hanggang anim na praw, dito ginagamot ka na. Nagsasalba tayo ng buhay,” the governor pointed out.

Once the patient applied for the program, Pineda said a medical team will assess the condition and make procedural actions including RT-PCR tests.

“If their condition allows home care, they will be sent home with medicines,” said Pineda.

Vehicles to be used by medical personnel will be issued car passes signed by the governor for travel to and from the HCSP patient. Coordination will be made with the local police and barangay officials.

As of May 1, nine persons have availed of the HCSP in accredited hospitals, while more hospitals are still submitting their letter of intent for accreditation by the provincial government. 

However, Pineda said only those patients with private rooms and whose family members agree to be locked down can avail of the program.

He said that Diosdado P. Macapagal Provincial Memorial Hospital in Guagua is also capable of handling COVID-19 patients. It has supplies of medicines needed by moderately to severely infected patients.

The provincial government has more than 1,200 isolation rooms for mild symptomatic patients. 

Topics: Home Care Service Program , COVID-19 , Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda
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