Quezon City has posted a record-high 90 percent recovery rate for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Mayor Joy Belmonte announced Sunday.
This is apart from the continued drop in the city’s reproduction number, which indicates how contagious an infectious disease is or the number of people who can get the virus from one infected person.
Meanwhile, the Quezon City government is set to unveil today its first dialysis center solely for COVID-19 patients at the Quezon City General Hospital and Medical Center (QCGHMC).
The center is housed at the ground floor of the QCGHMC extension facility, where four machines are available for COVID-19 patients who need dialysis.
On Oct. 16, the dialysis center obtained its accreditation from the Department of Health.
Belmonte said the additional 218 recoveries increased the city’s recovery rate to 90 percent as of Oct. 17, from 81 percent last Sept. 30.
Out of the 21,543 COVID-19 cases validated by the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) and District Health Offices, 19,363 have already recovered, while 1,576 cases or seven percent are active and recovering.
“This is good news in our campaign against COVID-19. It only proves that our COVID-19 response is effective,” Belmonte said.
“This is also a testament to the hard work and sacrifice of all our frontliners, most especially our medical workers, who are putting their lives on the line to win this most-important battle,” she added.
The record-high recovery rate happened days after the city tallied its lowest reproduction number in six weeks at 0.67 on Oct. 7 to 13.
“As we move closer to the ideal number of 0.50 set by the World Health Organization (WHO), this also serves as the ideal sign for further opening up the economy, which will help produce jobs and livelihood opportunities for many residents,” the city mayor said.
Dr. Rolly Cruz, CESU head, said the promising development will inspire frontliners to intensify their trace-test-isolate-treat approach against the virus.
He reiterated that the full cooperation of residents is needed to improve the city’s high recovery rate.
Cruz urged residents to adhere to health protocols such as proper wearing of masks, frequent hand washing, and practicing social distancing in public places.
He encouraged the residents to be heroes by practicing self-reporting in case they notice any COVID-19 symptoms or have come into close and prolonged contact with known COVID-19 positive patients, since early detection can save more lives.
“Now that we already have a dialysis center solely for our COVID-19 patients, we can easily extend public service to them (patients),” Belmonte said.
The city government will shoulder the dialysis fee of all COVID-19 positive patients who are residents of Quezon City.
Belmonte said dialysis patients with positive RT-PCR result will be automatically admitted to the COVID-19 dialysis center ward.
QCGHMC director Dr. Josephine Sabando said the dialysis center can accommodate up to 12 patients per day.