June 21, 2024

Doctors in Baguio City have expressed willingness to help counterparts in neighboring provinces set up their own coronavirus disease control and treatment systems to enhance the capabilities of their hospitals in dealing with the health crisis.

In a meeting with Mayor Benjamin Magalong April 6, local physicians expressed concern that the lack of preparedness of hospitals in regions 1 and 2 would force them to refer Covid-19 patients to the city’s more organized facilities like the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Doing so would put to waste the city’s efforts to control the spread of the virus in its turf which to date had been proving to be effective, the doctors led by BGHMC Chief Dr. Ricardo Ruñez and St. Louis University Hospital of the Sacred Heart Dr. Paul Quitiquit said.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier expressed willingness to accept patients from other areas saying the preparations being done in the city are anyway set in that direction, especially since the BGHMC is set to be designated as the Covid-19 regional treatment center.

However, local physicians said while aiding these hospitals with their patients cannot be helped, there has to be a limit to encourage them to develop their capabilities.

Quitiquit said it is prudent to just assist them to set up their own quarantine and critical care units to empower them to develop their resources and take care of their own patients instead of letting them rely on BGH.

This is considering that these hospitals are of the same category and level with the BGHMC.

“We are better off here and I like the idea of helping them but what if our hospital and our health workers get overwhelmed? We have to look after them too,” he said.

BGHMC infectious diseases specialist Thea Cajulao said they worry of the risk that the city’s frontliners would take due to exposure to the Covid-19 positive patients from other areas.

“There’s a limit to how much exposure the frontliners can have,” she said.   

The mayor agreed that the city should provide assistance to the provincial hospitals even as he said preparations will continue to take the direction of helping patients from other areas if the need arises. – Aileen P. Refuerzo