CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Rooting for more isolation units to be PhilHealth-accredited, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 urges local government units to signify intent for such the soonest time possible.
During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force Press Conference, July 30, DOH Regional Director Dr. Adriano Suba-an said out of 2,925 Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF) beds in the region, 2,460 are already certified by DOH and 23 TTMFs are accredited by PhilHealth.
From the TTMFs accredited by PhilHealth, three are hospital-based in Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Iligan City, while 20 are community-based.
“We already wrote to them (LGUs) and provided the list of PhilHealth nearest to them for accreditation since this can aid them in the reimbursements for their management of COVID-19 cases,” Suba-an said.
The regional director added that the LGUs have the responsibility to request for the accreditation and their task is to provide guidance and technical assistance so the LGUs could prepare their facilities for the accreditation.
The most important thing that LGUs must consider is the containment of COVID-19 aside from giving comfort to the individuals handled in the units, Suba-an said.
TTMFs should observe minimum public health standards, establish washing stations, and separate visitors.
Aside from recognizing Misamis Occidental’s container units as isolation units, Suba-an also mentioned Tagoloan’s transformation of their evacuation center to TTMF, and Maramag LGU, who used the home for the aged facility as isolation units.
As of July 30, a total of 509 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the region, 283 of whom have recovered, 11 have expired, and 215 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10)