As the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in the province, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC), City Government of Batac, and DepEd Batac joined hands in activating the Catalino Acosta Memorial Elementary School (CAMES) as temporary Field Hospital 3.
In just one day, these authorities swiftly transferred beddings, desk fans, chairs, tables, among other fixtures and set up nurse station for the purpose.
The Field Hospital 3 will accommodate stable non COVID-19 patients to increase the number of treatment space available for COVID-19 cases inside the hospital as Ilocos Norte’s census keeps increasing as a result of the latest surge due to COVID variants.
The main hospital had already converted 170 (36%) of its implementing bed capacity to COVID-19 dedicated beds. With this, Dr. Maria Lourdes Otayza, the Medical Center Chief, said “We will need to transfer out stable non COVID-19 cases to make room for more if the numbers keep rising”.
Based on latest COVID-19 daily bulletin, the hospital has a total of 111 admissions at the Isolation Rooms – eighty-three (83) are confirmed, twenty-four (24) are suspect cases and four (4) probable cases.
Today, the hospital management is determining potential transferees to the 32-bed field hospital 3. (Clenntroy Vicka Guzman)
(Source: PIA Ilocos Norte)