BALANGA CITY– Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) is now an exclusive medical facility for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
Governor Albert Raymond Garcia said the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force decided to take the initiative as an immediate response to prevent the rapid spread of the disease in the hospital.
“This initiative also aims to protect the well-being of all BGHMC patients, including their families,” Garcia said in a statement.
The governor revealed that there are now 29 healthcare workers including doctors, nurses and nursing attendants who tested positive to the infectious disease.
“According to the latest report of PHO [Provincial Health Office], as of April 16, 2020, they have registered 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Bataan, all of which are healthcare workers at BGHMC,” he added.
All employees showing COVID-19 symptoms are now admitted inside the hospital, while asymptomatic patients who didn’t had any direct contact to positive cases are quarantined at Bataan People’s Center.
Meanwhile, BGHMC Medical Center Chief Glory Baltazar assured sufficient personnel to treat patients despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the hospital.
“We still have over 200 doctors and nurses and other staff members who had no direct contact and they tested negative to the disease so they continue to serve and treat BGHMC patients,” Baltazar stressed.
A private resort near the hospital was turned into a quarantine facility for employees continuing their work in the hospital.
Residents who wish to consult via phone with doctors at BGHMC can schedule a teleconsultation by visiting https://www.bghmc-sdn.net/telemedicine. Teleconsultation is available Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.
Other patients needing emergency assistance such as maternity services or animal bite treatment are advised to visit the nearest district hospital or Centro Medico de Santisimo Rosario in Balanga City. (PIA 3)