Thursday, July 29, 2021

City to distribute ‘care kits’ for Covid-19 patients at home

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THE Davao City Government is set to distribute "care kits" for mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients waiting to be transported at the city's quarantine facilities.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said in a radio interview on Monday, June 21, that this is the city’s response to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases and the full capacity of isolation facilities.

Duterte-Carpio said the health response cluster will be rolling out care kits to positive patients who are self-isolating within their residence.

"We are readying care kits. Kani siya ginahatag didto sa mga [Covid-19 positive nga mga] tao nga naa pa didto sa ilahang mga balay and wala pa sila na pick-up or waiting in line sila, or puno na ang mga [Covid-19] facilities (This will be for Covid-19 patients who are waiting to be transported from their homes to the isolation facilities, which are currently full)," she said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

The mayor said the kit includes instructions on what the patient needs to do while waiting to be transported.

This also includes a digital thermometer, pulse oximeter, 10 pieces of vitamin C, five pieces of paracetamol, disposable face masks, and alcohol.

Patients who are waiting for pick-up can also use the city government's "telemedicine" program, where they can consult with a doctor, via phone call, about their medical condition and what to do in case they will manifest symptoms.

Meanwhile, the care kits will not be rolled out to moderate, critical, and severe patients as they are immediately transported to the Covid-19 referral hospitals for immediate critical care treatment.

City Health Office Acting Head Dr. Ashley Lopez said in an interview on June 16, 2021 that Covid-19 patients waiting to be transported at the city's quarantine facilities have been advised to self-isolate in their rooms.

Lopez said they are having delays in transporting confirmed Covid-19 patients to temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMFs) due to a surge in cases in the city.

As of June 21, Duterte-Carpio said the city has a total of 1,957 isolation beds, of which 638 are still available, while out of the 443 quarantine beds, 227 beds are still unutilized.

The mayor said the city is planning to add four more quarantine facilities to augment the rising cases in the city.


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