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Leonardia wants stronger coordination with hospitals for anti-coronavirus efforts

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Mayor Evelio Leonardia is working for stronger coordination between the city government and all private and public hospitals in Bacolod to strengthen the fight against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“One major reason why I had to call for this meeting is to strengthen the coordination among us all to know what’s happening in the city,” Leonardia told the medical directors of various hospitals in a virtual meeting recently.

He appealed to the medical directors for strict compliance with the mandated percentage of bed allocation for Covid-19 patients, a press release from the City Public Information Office said.

The mayor said that he spoke with Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III, who reminded him of Department of Health Circular 2020-016 that mandates hospitals to allocate 30 percent of their bed capacity for COVID purposes.

“We would like to appeal that this required bed capacity for COVID cases be made ready as soon as possible,” said Leonardia.

Dr. Julius Drilon, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) chief, said they have allocated 48 beds for COVID patients, which is 20 percent of their bed capacity and will be adding 26 more beds by August 10.

Leonardia also asked for regular reporting of hospital data like occupancy, and the number of patients infected with the illness.

“This is for us to get a good picture of what the real situation is on a timely basis, as far as this crisis is concerned,” he said.