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Sarangani Covid Center a proactive response as Covid cases surge

ALABEL, Sarangani (September 28, 2021) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said Sarangani’s newly-opened Covid center is the provincial government’s proactive response to the overwhelming admissions in the hospitals due to the surge of Covid-19 cases.

The Sarangani Covid Center is sited at Kawas, a barangay in the capital town Alabel. It is a 60-bed capacity facility but the governor plans to gradually add 30 more rooms since the site still has space for upgrading.

The facility has 100 rooms in total but Dr. Aileen Brion, chief of Sarangani Healthcare Facility (SHF), said some of the rooms have to be utilized as offices and for other needs.

The facility was inaugurated on September 21 through a simple blessing ceremony and a walk-through to the rooms, doctors’ quarter, kitchen, administrative office, donning and doffing area, the nurse station and triage, and to its other features.

Governor Solon, some of the provincial officials and employees, barangay officials of Kawas and Ladol, and representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways which funded for the construction of the P55-million Covid center graced the ceremony.

The facility is modular type with rooms fully air-conditioned and have individual comfort room and television set. It is also equipped with CCTV and wifi.

According to Dr. Brion, they also designated an area for those waiting for referral “for an ICU in a higher facility.” This room, she said, has been set-up with “a ventilator, cardiac monitor, and a separate nurse to attend. Parang ICU set-up.”

Also, five rooms with oxygen are assigned for “confirmed cases and probable cases that need oxygen” Brion said, She emphasized the need to anticipate cases similar to those admitted at the Sarangani Healtcare Facility at the Capitol compound where “most of our patients are on oxygen. Kahit sabihin pa nating moderate lang but has pneumonia or maglisod ug ginhawa, so we have to put oxygen.”

The provincial government, according to Assistant Provincial Administrator Engr. Gerald Faciol, had initially allocated P9 million from supplemental budget (SB) No. 1 and P14 million from SB No. 2 for the maintenance and other operating expenses of the Covid center like medicines and manpower requirement.

It is manned by a team of two doctors, six nurses, an administrative group, three utilities, and an orderly.

Brion however stressed their “no walk-in” policy. “They have to communicate with the MESU. The MESU will communicate with the PESU to communicate with our team. Kasi, diri mismo naa mi infection control nurse.”

“Mao ni ang nakagwapo sa Sarangani kasi kabalo mi kung asa itawag. So, kung ikaw halimbawa may Covid ka, naa nay point person kung kinsa lang ang pwede nimo matawagan,” Brion added.

The center is a “convenient facility for the Covid patients. Pero, of course, mild level lang ang ma-cater kay ang severe kinahanglan g’yud ug higher level care facility,” Faciol said,

As per Dr. Brion the center is originally designed to cater to mild to moderate patients only. However, she pointed out the surge of Covid cases that overwhelmed hospitals in the province and the nearby General Santos City steered them “to upgrade (our) criteria.”

From the six provincial-run hospitals in Sarangani municipalities, already three were upgraded to a Level 1 while Faciol said they targeted the Sarangani Healthcare Facility “to be Level 1 by October then Level 2 early next year.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by Joshua John Pantonial taken on September 21 at Barangay Kawas during the inauguration of Sarangani Covid Center.

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