MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, December 5, created a “buddy system” among regional offices and DOH-retained hospitals to make sure there are enough people, medical supplies, and equipment ahead of Typhoon Ruby (international codename Hagupit).
In the new system, regional offices and hospitals spared by the typhoon will assist 5 regions:
|Buddy Regional Office and DOH-retained hospitals||Possible Affected Region|
|Northern Mindanao and Metro Manila||Mimaropa and Eastern Visayas|
|Calabarzon and Cordillera Administrative Region||Bicol Region|
|Ilocos Region and Zamboanga Peninsula||Western Visayas|
|Cagayan Valley and Davao Region||Central Visayas|
|Central Luzon and Caraga||Eastern Visayas|
As of 5 pm Friday, Ruby had slightly weakened as it moved toward the area of Eastern Samar and Northern Samar, where it is expected to hit land on Saturday evening, December 6.
The health department said it will declare a Code Red Alert on Saturday, covering all DOH-retained hospitals in the affected regions.
This emergency alert means 100% of the hospital’s personnel will be on duty to assist patients and provide other services.
Code Red Alert is “part of the overall disaster preparedness measures to minimize the expected impacts of Typhoon Ruby on local communities,” the DOH said in a statement.
As of Friday, 15 hospitals are already on Code Blue Alert, with half of their personnel reporting for duty:
- Ospital ng Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
- Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital, Culion Island
- Bicol Medical Center, Naga City
- Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, Legazpi City
- Bicol Sanitarium, Cabusao, Camarines Sur
- Western Visayas Medical Center, Iloilo City
- Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Bacolod City
- Western Visayas Sanitarium, Sta Barbara, Iloilo
- Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo
- Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu City
- Saint Anthony Mother and Child Hospital, Cebu City
- Eversley Childs Sanitarium, Mandaue City, Cebu
- Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, Tagbilaran City
- Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, Tacloban City, Leyte
- Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital, Palo, Leyte
The department has prepositioned drugs, medicines, and other supplies worth P243 million ($5.45 million)* in the 5 regions.
Motorcycles and bicycles are also ready in regional offices so health teams can be deployed in areas that may not be passable to vehicles due to the typhoon.
Regional offices are already coordinating with provincial and municipal health offices for latest weather updates and news on “any untoward health event.”
“All of these measures are being undertaken as part of the comprehensive disaster measures to help ensure that the zero-casualty target is met,” the department said. – Rappler.com
*$1 = P44.60
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