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LMC and its battle against COVID-19 during ECQ

Laguna Medical Center
June 26, 2020
 

In response to the rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, President Rodrigo R.  Duterte imposed an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon on the 16th of March 2020, enforcing a total lockdown in the entire area.

Movement of people was restricted except for purchase of basic necessities, health workers and other frontliners going to work, and persons with health related issues, travel restrictions, not to mention temporary closure of non-essential businesses, among others.

Amid the pandemic, the Laguna Medical Center (LMC) implemented health and safety protocols to ensure continuous delivery of health services.

On the 19th of March 19, the Triage Area of the Laguna Medical Center (LMC) was moved-out of the Emergency Room (ER) building to ensure that all incoming patients for consultation and for admission are screened properly and accordingly.  This is to ensure that the facility is protected from the virus.

Moreover, tents were set-up and provided for the Triage Area and temporary waiting area for patients’ relatives, with the help and support of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

To prepare the doctors on how to effectively handle COVID-related patients and to ensure that the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) mandates, guidelines, and protocols are being implemented, the LMC, conducted a Lecture-Training on the Initial Management for Covid-19 patients facilitated by Dr. Rhea Domingo, on the 15th of April at the LMC Hall.

Furthermore, LMC Chief  Dr. Judy A. Rondilla gave strict instructions for the conduct of regular cleaning and disinfecting efforts to prevent the risk of COVID-19 infection and ensure the safety of employees and patients within the hospital compound.

In addition to this, Dr. Rondilla, together with Infectious Disease Unit Head Dr. Christina Marquez and Emergency Department Head Dr. Alvin Bernabe, called regular meetings for each clinical department in the hospital.

This is to ensure that concerns of each department are meticulously and rigorously discussed for proper and effective execution of safety protocols and guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

(Mara Angelica Delgado-MISO, photos by LMC/PIO Laguna)