THE Bacolod Respiratory Center for outpatients is now ready to operate at the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports (Bays) Center in Bacolod City.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who inspected the area early morning Monday, April 6, said the center is ready to serve Bacolodnons and it will decongest the emergency rooms and outpatient departments of the city’s hospitals.
He said this will operate with volunteer doctors from the Canlaon Medical Society and the Negros Occidental Medical Society.
The center has a triage area, ten separate consultation rooms, a laboratory collection room, and mobile x-ray. It will allow patients with respiratory conditions such as cough, nasal congestion, asthma or flu, to consult with volunteer doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals at scheduled hours.
“This will help ease the congestion at the emergency rooms and OPDs of our hospitals for these kinds of complaints. This facility is not a quarantine center for patients under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs) for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) but is merely a consulting center for mild respiratory cases during this Covid-19 pandemic,” Leonardia said.
The Technical Working Group for quarantine center headed by City Administrator Em Ang also held an orientation and meeting with the doctors, health care staff, and other support groups yesterday.
Ang said the construction of Respiratory Center was suggested and discussed by the group of doctors from different associations in Bacolod to accommodate the outpatients.
She said the City Government allotted P1.7 million including the construction, repair and machines for the respiratory center.