Zamboanga peninsula health care utilization rate up

Roel Pareño, Artemio Dumlao - The Philippine Star

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Health care utilization rate for COVID-19 cases in the entire Zamboanga peninsula is high, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

At a press briefing yesterday, DOH regional medical officer Cheryl Sarmiento said 337 of the 399 hospital beds in Zamboanga del Sur were occupied.

“Zamboanga del Sur has reached its critical risk level as to its total bed utilization rate and mechanical ventilator used,” Sarmiento said.

She said health care utilization rate in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay are at high risk, Zamboanga City is at moderate risk while Isabela City is at low risk.

The DOH said 147 of the 208 beds allotted for COVID patients in Zamboanga del Norte were occupied; 69 of 99 in Zamboanga Sibugay, 298 of 499 in Zamboanga City and 12 of 58 in Isabela City.

Zamboanga City alone recorded 1,013 active cases as of Sept. 15.

The city health office detected 19 cases of the highly infectious Delta variant who have all recovered.

Meanwhile, COVID beds at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital Infection Prevention Committee and Holy Trinity Medical Clinic in Tabuk, Kalinga have reached full capacity.

Among those confined are hospital workers.

The management of the hospitals said their emergency rooms would be open only for Kalinga residents.

Suspected, probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases were advised to seek care in other hospitals.

Seven Delta cases were recorded in Kalinga, according to the provincial government.

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