IN a bid to strengthen the fight against coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), a lawmaker bared on Thursday that the provincial government of Camarines Sur has opened its own medical facility in the municipality of Bula to deal with the dreaded respiratory virus.
Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte said the facility is now ready to assist the Department of Health (DoH) in treating suspect, probable and confirmed cases of infections by this deadly virus in the province.
Villafuerte said the newly built Camarine Sur Medical Center has been converted into the province’s main COVID-19 facility, making it one of the premier hospitals outside Metro Manila equipped with cutting-edge equipment such as portable digital X-ray machines, an ABG machine to check oxygenation levels, handheld ultrasound devices to check Covid-induced pneumonia, defibrillators to revive people with irregular heartbeats and a computer-based ECG to monitor the heart’s electrical signals of patients with heart conditions.
Moreover, Villafuerte said this COVID-19 facility in Bula is equipped with about two dozen ventilators for the use of patients with critical symptoms of this virus.
Villafuerte said the facility has a relatively big number of ventilators because the provincial government had used local funds to purchase 15 such machines—the single biggest one-time acquisition of ventilators by a provincial local government unit (LGU) in the entire country.
“The Camarines Sur Medical Center in Bula is ready and available to assist the DOH in responding to Covid-related cases in the province,” said Villafuerte, a member of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee monitoring the implementation of Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which he co-authored.
“This new facility equipped with modern equipment to treat suspect, probable and confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections is testament to the provincial government’s commitment to the Duterte administration’s overall efforts to save lives and treat people infected by this lethal virus,” he added.
In keeping with this commitment of support, Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte said the provincial government has acquired an initial 20,000 rapid test kits from the Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories so the province can undertake a targeted testing of medical front-liners as well as of Camarines Sur folk suspected of infection, or confirmed to have been infected, by the pathogen.
The provincial government will begin its targeted COVID-19 testing as soon as Abbott Laboratories’ rapid anti-body test kits arrive from the United States.