Dr. Julius Drilon: Man of the Hour

DOCTOR Julius M. Drilon, chief of Hospital of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, is considered as the “Man of Hour” citing the depth of current battle against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that struck the city and the world certainly unguarded.

With the current state of the health care system in the Philippines, fighting the imperceptible enemy is very tough due to the limitations of testing kits, facilities and the availability of infallible treatments that could help save lives.

Many doctors and other medical frontliners lose their lives in the battle as they risked caring for Covid-19 infected patients.

Dr. Drilon said Covid-19 is an unseen enemy, thus there is a necessity to seriously implement the enhanced community quarantine to spare the greater number of people from getting infected by coronavirus carriers who either have an indication of symptoms or who are asymptomatic.

The medical experts have advised there should be a massive search for suspected carriers so that they can be properly treated and quarantined.

They also advised the government to provide health workers with the personal protective equipment (PPE) suits for their own protection and survival.

If these three approaches are not satisfied, the battle will continue and will never be over on target periods and this will ripple a serious impact to the public, our government and our economy.

He said that they don’t want Covid-19 to reach an epidemic level and allow medical frontliners to wither along the way.

Drilon shared a study which they sourced from the showing the estimated critical cases in Negros Occidental including Bacolod City are 3,358 Covid cases (Hubei Data) with five percent critical/serious cases globally and 168 people suffering from Covid-19 will need critical care.

“This is what we are bracing now. This is our basis for our preparation using the Wuhan, China model. We need to deal with this pandemic together,” he said.

On a positive note

Dr. Drilon reported that the City Government of Bacolod through Mayor Evelio Leonardia has committed to funding the P20 million estimated cost of establishing the Bacolod Bio-Safety Laboratory which will serve as a testing facility for coronavirus disease.

He discussed this proposal to the mayor last March 19 wherein there is a place at CLMMRH which can be transformed into a Bio-Safety Lab in conformity to the standard of the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine.

He already sent his request to the Office of the City Mayor and they called up on Thursday, April 2 to give a green light on the proposed establishment of the project.

Drilon also told the Department of Health regarding the plan.

He said, it is never too late to start this project to level up the city’s capability to fight tooth and nail against this Covid-19.

Dr. Drilon is looking forward for the commencement of the project soon.


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