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Subic health workers train on Covid-19 response

COVID-19 TRAINING. Health workers of the Subic Bay Freeport and Olongapo City are trained on the proper protocols of handling possible cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) at the SBMA gym on Tuesday (March 24, 2020). The training course focused on the proper procedures when taking swabs of specimen from potential Covid-19 patients, as well as on the correct donning and doffing of personal protective equipment. (Photo by Ruben Veloria)

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The Department of Health – Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (DOH-RESU) has trained medical personnel here on the proper medical protocols when responding to possible coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients.
The training course, held at the Subic gymnasium on Tuesday, involved personnel of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s Public Health and Safety Department (SBMA-PHSD), Baypointe Hospital and Medical Center in Subic Freeport, and the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital and ZMMG Coop Hospital, both in Olongapo City.
SBMA chairman and administrator, Wilma T. Eisma, said the training was a capacity-building exercise to boost the competence of local health workers and establish cooperation procedures among local hospitals dealing with the Covid-19 threat.
The training course focused on the proper procedures when taking swabs of specimen from potential Covid-19 patients, as well as on the correct donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the test procedure.
It also included a demonstration on the sanitary disposal of the PPE items, such as masks, gloves, and goggles after use, as well as a discussion of the DOH-prepared algorithm for detecting and diagnosing categories of patients.
“This is very important because the medical personnel need to have the knowledge and skills on how to properly respond to Covid-related incidents and emergencies,” said Dr. Solomon R. Jacalne, head of the SBMA-PHSD and commander of the SBMA’s Incident Management Team (IMT).
“The training we have attended is part of our preparations for the mobilization of our IMT.”
Jacalne also assured the public that Subic Bay Freeport Zone remains a zero-Covid-19 area and urged everyone to cooperate to keep the virus at bay.
“The main challenge we are now facing here is keeping the people inside their homes. Some, we observe, are not yet taking this (Covid-19 threat) seriously. That is why we don’t stop with our information campaign,” he said.
Meanwhile, SBMA deputy administrator for public health and safety Ronnie Yambao said the DOH training on Covid-19 testing had integrated both public and private hospitals in a unified approach to equip and prepare health workers, as well as the local community for a possible case. (PNA)

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