THE Bacolod City Council approved a resolution requesting the Department of Social Services and Development, General Services Office and City Engineer’s Office to provide a temporary watcher’s station/canopy for caregivers and watchers of patients admitted to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) as they are not allowed inside hospital wards.
The resolution was authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. through the Office of the City Mayor with the approval of Dr. Julius Drilon, chief of CLMMRH.
Gamboa said as posted from various social media platforms and local radio reports, several caregivers and watchers of the patients of CLMMRH were prevented from entering the hospital premises, leaving their patients alone. They were also found sleeping outside the hospital.
“While we recognized the health measures imposed by the hospital to minimize the spread of infectious diseases amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) threat and with the changing of weather condition nowadays, these campers/watchers are prone to communicable diseases and inconvenience if no immediate action will be taken,” he said.
He said providing a temporary watcher's station/canopy where they can safely wait and assist the needs of patients can be a good help for them, provided proper protocols like social distancing and proper wearing of masks are followed.
Gamboa said since CLMMRH and a number of Bacolodnon’s were admitted to the facility, it is but proper for the City Government to seek an immediate action to the displaced caregivers/watchers to hasten any possible infections brought by the continuing threat of the coronavirus.