Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. together with the members of the South Cotabato Medical Society will meet today to set up another surge plan in preparation for the possible entry of new Covid-19 variants in the province.
“Sooner or later, these variants will enter our province and we have to be prepared,” Tamayo said,
Tamayo wants to ensure that the province is protected in case there will be a surge of covid-19 cases.
He added, there is a need to change the surge plan especially since there is an ongoing transition on the transfer of the Soccsksargen General Hospital from the province to the Department of Health.
With the impending transfer of the facility, covid-19 patients will no longer be admitted at the SGH and there is a fear that the government hospitals cannot cater to these needs if cases will be beyond capacity.
“I expect the cooperation of the transition team on this matter.” He said,
Tamayo reports that there is an increasing number of covid-19 positives among the employees in the province.
To date there are at least 49 patients admitted at the covid-19 area inside the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital. 11 of these are confirmed positive cases while 26 patients are probable cases, 12 are suspects while three are present at the Intensive Care Unit.
He disclosed these cases are not considered high as compared to the previous weeks since only a few cartridges were delivered to the province. However, if ever there is a surge, the SCPH cannot cater to more patients.
Governor Tamayo urges everyone to cooperate and follow the health protocols set by the government.
He also called on public employees to be at the forefront in following these health standards as they should be set as models for the government.