Cental Mindanao's main COVID-19 facility reaches full capacity, runs low on oxygen
In this undated photo, soldiers and health workers guard an anti-COVID-19 checkpoint in Maguindanao province.
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Cental Mindanao's main COVID-19 facility reaches full capacity, runs low on oxygen

John Unson (Philstar.com) - June 8, 2021 - 6:01pm

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Isolation wards in central Mindanao’s main COVID-19 treatment facility are now full and their supply of oxygen is now running out, the center announced Tuesday.

In a statement dispatched to media outfits in the region, the management of the Cotabato Regional Medical Center, or CRMC, said it also needs more ventilators for COVID-19 patients.

Local officials have urged residents of the city and nearby towns in Maguindanao province to adhere to government anti-coronavirus protocols to prevent the situation from getting worse.

The isolation facilities in Maguindanao’s nearby South Upi and Sultan Kudarat towns of the Ministry of Health-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are both almost full of patients now, according to administrators.

Sources from central Mindanao’s medical community told reporters Tuesday reagents for COVID-19 swab procedures and testing kits have ran out and there are dozens of residents with flu symptoms supposedly subject to such tests. 

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