Leyte hospital asked to treat would-be typhoon victims from nearby Samar provinces

December 6, 2014 4:31 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 5 — The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) asked hospitals in Leyte to be ready to accommodate patients from Samar Island that may be injured by typhoon Ruby’s fury.

Leyte Governor and PDRRMC chair Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, asked health officials to brace for the influx of patients from Samar provinces, similar to the scenario in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda when people from Leyte had to seek medical attention in Samar hospitals.

“We should expect that people from Samar will go to Leyte after the typhoon now that the track of Ruby is likely to hit eastern and northern part of Samar Island,” Petilla said during the PDRRMC meeting.

The 100-bed Leyte Provincial Hospital has already discharged nearly 50 patients that are recovering and with those with less serious cases.

“We want to have more rooms for victims of typhoon Ruby,” said Leyte Provincial Hospital chief Absin Ofelia.

The hospital can accommodate up to 170 patients. As of today, the facility has 71 patients.

The 250-bed Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center also expects more patients from different parts of the region

“We are prepared for Ruby. We even asked the Philippine National Police to help us secure the facility against so there would be no evacuees since this is devoted for treatment,” said EVRMC chief of hospital Aileen Reil-Espina.

Currently, the hospital is 100 percent occupied, but the management has extra beds to accommodate injured typhoon victims.

The PDRRMC Leyte expects worse impact of typhoon in Samar Island as it continues to move west northwest towards Eastern Samar and Northern Samar Area.

As of 1 p.m. today, the typhoon was located at 400 kilometers east of Borongan City in Eastern Samar. (PNA)

LAP/SARWELL Q. MENIANO/EGR/EDS

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