Council okays P1M for BGH Isolation Rooms
Vol. XVIII No. 8 (Nov. 29 – Dec. 5,2014)
BAGUIO CITY – The city council on Monday approved on first reading the appropriation of P1 million for the establishment of isolation rooms at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for patients with infectious ailments like the dreaded Ebola virus disease.
The body referred to the committee on health the proposed ordinance penned by Vice Mayor Edgardo Bilog.
Bilog said the amount can help in the set-up of the said isolation rooms which are vital in the campaign to prevent the entry of Ebola and other dreaded contagious diseases in the country.
“The present Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the West Africa has increased the possibility of people travelling from the impacted countries to infect Filipinos including residents in Baguio City,” Bilog noted in his proposed ordinance.
“Since early recognition is critical for infection control, hospital personnel should be alert in evaluation any patient suspected of having EVD, thus, as a precautionary measure, the city should conduct safe management procedures of patients with EVD, provide for immediate medical evacuation and the necessary infection control procedures to protect the patients, the healthcare providers and the entire constituency of Baguio City,” Bilog said.
“In order to perform this very important task, there is a need to establish isolation rooms at the (BGHMC) to determine the existence of risk factors so that widespread transmission will be avoided and prevented,” he said.
The vice mayor proposed that the proposed appropriation be included in the 2015 proposed budget under the amount usually allocated as assistance to the BGHMC./A Refuerzo