AS CORONAVIRUS infections continued to increase, Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, ordered the completion of the first three levels of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) in less than a week.
He warned that if the contractor fails to make the first three floors operational by Aug. 9, he will have the contract with the City Government terminated.
“The marching order is have that ground floor, second floor and third floor operational and functional and that will be this coming Monday,” Rama said in a press conference Wednesday.
The temporary CCMC building at the Bureau of Fire Protection compound will be used to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients while the new CCMC building will be used for other patients.
In the next couple of days, Rama said he will also focus on transferring to a hotel the medical frontliners currently staying at the dormitory beside the Cebu City Quarantine Center (CCQC).
The dormitory, which was a project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), would be converted into an isolation facility for Covid-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
In Mandaue City, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) informed the City Government about the need to hire more contact tracers to cope with the increasing Covid-19 cases and replace the 90 contact tracers hired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) whose contract to serve in Mandaue City will end on Aug. 8.
Dr. Jake Seno, Mandaue City Hospital chief, is also seeking to hire additional medical frontliners to augment their workforce.