More Negros Occ health workers infected with COVID

Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City, Negros Occidental

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz said 91 health care workers assigned to various Capitol-managed hospitals have been infected with COVID-19.

The infected works include 55 assigned to Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City and 36 others to various government hospitals, Diaz said.

While TLJPH has limited the acceptance of patients due to rising of COVID-19 cases among hospital staff, the operations of other government managed hospitals remain normal, he added.

Services that are directly affected by the suspension are the TLJPH Outpatient Department (OPD) and the COVID-19 vaccination center.

Previously, the hospital’s OB/Gyne OPD was also forced to suspended services after a number of their medical workers either fell ill or tested positive for COVID-19.

Admissions at the hospital have been limited to extreme emergency cases only.

TLJPH management also advised all referrals to be coursed through the One Hospital System via respective City or Municipal Health Offices.

Meanwhile, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang also reported the temporary suspension of vaccination at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City to allow vaccinators to rest while others are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

But Tumimbang said that the vaccination activities of different Negros Occidental towns and cities continue.

He reported that 300 to 500 people from the Bacolod City and other towns and cities are being catered by the vaccination program at Negros Residences during inoculation days.