Nine-hundred medical frontliners of the Southern Philippines Medical Center are now housed in 35 facilities in the city. Another 74 workers are staying in two facilities under the Vice Mayor’s Office.
The Holy Cross of Davao College, meanwhile, has also utilized some of its classrooms to cater to health workers who need temporary shelters.
In the official statement, the HCDC management said all classrooms of the Prof. Gmeiner Building on the second floor will be converted as a temporary shelter area and will be off-limits to non-SPMC workers.
In a message sent to TIMES, the HCDC management said that 30 nurses are occuppying these rooms. The schools also provided 28 double-decker beds while the Department of Health provided the cushions.
“SPMC provides food, the janitorial and security services and the sanitation of the facility before and after occupancy,” it said.
As of April 14, the SPMC has 104 admitted COVID-19 patients. Center A has 10, Center B has seven, and Center C has four patients under monitoring and investigation. Overall, the city has 125 patients relating to COVID-19.
Mayor Sara Duterte explained that the number has increased as SPMC applied the new classifications set by the DOH.
“The number increased because of the new classification of patients. If one has a respiratory problem, may it be pneumonia or other problems, they will be considered as suspected cases,” she said.
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