Cebu City bolsters COVID-19 response by hiring more medical staff – Manila Bulletin
CEBU CITY – Amid growing cases of new infections, the city government has stepped up its COVID-19 response by hiring additional medical staff.
Dr Jeffrey Ibones, head of the Cebu City Health Department (CCHD), said 60 nurses have been hired by the city and deployed to isolation facilities, temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMF ) and a mega isolation center.
The CCHD has also hired 15 doctors and is still considering hiring more, Ibones said.
“I hope the doctors who are looking for a job will help us. We still need 150 doctors and nurses to help not only Cebu City but the whole Cebu Province, ”Ibones said.
Ibones admitted that some health workers decided to quit when they were deployed to isolation centers.
“We cannot blame those who have resigned but we hope that there will be no more resignations,” Ibones said.
The increase in COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed the city’s hospitals.
There were days when patients had to queue in front of hospitals and were helped with tanks of oxygen.
The city still needs more doctors, nurses, midwives, encoders and nurses, Ibones said.
In the quarantine classifications that were announced on Saturday August 28, the city will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine until September 7.
In the August 27 bulletin of the central Visayas health ministry, the city counted 221 new infections, pushing its active cases to 4,600.
Overall, the city recorded 37,191 cases with 31,440 recoveries and 1,151 deaths.
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