Cebu state-run hospital declares readiness against Ebola virus

November 6, 2014 12:33 am 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 5 — The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), the biggest state-run hospital in Cebu City, has declared readiness in containing the threat of the deadly Ebola virus.

A VSMMC five-person team that was sent to train in Manila in responding to and handling Ebola patients had returned to Cebu.

The training was a joint effort of the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Francis Niño Cañedo of VSMMC assured that with the training and the facilities they have, they are capable of handling Ebola patients.

He said the team of two doctors, two nurses and another medical staff was specifically trained on proper wearing of personal protective equipment and in putting Ebola patients in the communicable disease ward.

“VSMMC is already a tertiary hospital and we are equipped with the necessary facilities needed in responding to an Ebola-affected patient,” Cañedo said

Canedo said only VSMMC could handle an Ebola patient in the region.

The DOH earlier said private hospitals are also welcome to undergo the same training if they want to and join the next two batches.

Training for the last batch is for the medical staff of district hospitals.

Dr. Dino Caing, the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit section head, also cautioned the public against believing in rumors about the Ebola virus.

Instead, he said, the public should wait for further news or confirmation from the DOH, through the media.

Recently, a Nigerian national who allegedly showed symptoms of Ebola was discharged from a private hospital where he was confined.

He tested positive of malaria, not Ebola, and is now under medication.

“He showed four symptoms of Ebola but during laboratory tests, he was found negative,” Caing said, declaring that Cebu and the rest of the country are still Ebola-free. (PNA)

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