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Pampanga state hospitals to prioritize kids, seniors



CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The provincial government recently ordered government hospitals in the province of Pampanga to prioritize the admission of the pediatric population and senior citizens who are positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Governor Dennis Pineda recently met with mayors and hospital chiefs in Pampanga, citing that children under five years old are more susceptible to hospitalization since they cannot tell exactly how they feel when they are ill.

“Now, when adults take medicines, they start to feel better. That is why right now, we will give priority to pediatrics because we are having a hard time with children below five years old,” Pineda said.

He also called on local officials to follow the policies and protocols during this new surge in Covid-19 cases in Pampanga, saying that since daily cases average to 400, top local officials should reactivate their quarantine facilities in case the need to quarantine these people comes.
“At the rate we are going, we need additional facilities. Once the facilities in your cities and municipalities are full, let us follow what we talked about regarding home quarantine,” Pineda said.

“Once a member of the household tested positive and will be on home quarantine, all the members of that residence should also be on quarantine for a period of 10 days. For healthcare workers, this is shortened to five days because we need them to render duty,” he added.
He also advised many of the local government units to conduct vaccination programs per barangay, providing a faster and more efficient way of vaccinating Kapampangans without the need to go out and gather at a certain area.

“I urge you to vaccinate your constituents, especially those in the vulnerable population, by bringing vaccines closer to their barangays,” Pineda said. “The provincial government and Department of Health will support vaccination at the barangay level. Barangay captains just need to inform us or their respective rural health units so that we can augment in terms of vaccine supplies, logistics, and personnel.”
The governor has also ordered limiting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals by strictly implementing the “no vaccine, no entry” policy in their jurisdiction, as well as advise children to stay at home.

Pineda also assured that the provincial government will procure additional medicines and antibiotics for Covid-19-positive Kapampangans.