27 local isolation centers in W. Visayas pass DOH standards

Twenty-seven temporary treatment and monitoring facility (TTMF) or local isolation and general treatment areas for Covid-19 cases (Ligtas Covid Centers) passed the requirements set by the Department of Health (DOH), the regional health official said on Wednesday.

 

Ligtas Covid-19 Centers are those within the localities that quarantine contact, suspect, probable, or coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases with or without mild symptoms, Dr. Renilyn Reyes, head of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development 6’s public health development program, said in Wednesday’s virtual presser.

 

She said 27 Ligtas Covid Centers were already assessed and passed the requirements of the health department bringing to 256 the total number of centers in the region.

 

The local government of Aklan has identified 17; Antique with 25; Capiz with 101; Guimaras with six; Iloilo with 55; Negros Occidental with 44; Iloilo City with seven; and Bacolod City with one.

 

“The TTMF has to be linked to a healthcare institution or our level one, two or three hospitals,” she said.

 

For the Ligtas Covid Centers to be certified, they should be assessed by DOH personnel and shall reach an 85 percent score on the requirements on the location, infrastructure, human resources, and adherence to disease prevention and control, among others.

 

“Out of the 256, 75 have given their assessment tool assessed by the DOH field offices. Out of the 75, only 27 have reached 85 percent on the initial assessment,” she said.

 

Some that were assessed, however, only needs a little improvement to satisfy the DOH standards.

 

Most of the Ligtas Covid Centers have not complied with infrastructure requirements, which involve the supposed separate entrance and exit of patients and healthcare workers; the provision of psychosocial support for health personnel; and the provision of transportation needs.

 

In a previous virtual presser, Dr. Ma. Julia Villanueva, DOH-CHD 6’s assistant regional director, said TTMFs or Ligtas Covid Centers that would not be certified would still be allowed to operate.

 

The certified Ligtas Covid Centers, on the other hand, will be reimbursed by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for the number of individuals they cared for.

 

Source: Philippines News Agency

 

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