SBMA suspends face-to-face operation of medical units

THE Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has suspended all face-to-face operations in its dispensary and the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) medical unit.

This, after two personnel of the SBMA Public Health and Safety Department (PHSD) tested positive for the coronavirus.

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma Eisma said she issued the order immediately due to the lack of personnel needed for normal operations.

Eisma said a volunteer doctor in a vaccination center being manned by the SBMA and Department of Health also contracted Covid-19.

After contract tracing wherein multiple exposures were established, the SBMA chief said that all PHSD staff took the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on August 24, 25 and 26.

The swab test revealed that there were 10 positive cases at the SBMA dispensary and three cases at the SBIA medical unit, according to Eisma, who added that all patients are asymptomatic.

The patients were advised to undergo a 14-day quarantine, which will end on September 9.

Eisma said normal operations at the dispensary and SBIA medical unit will resume on September 10.

“We would like to assure Subic Bay stakeholders that contingency plans for emergencies are in place and this situation will not hamper Emergency Medical Response in the freeport,” Eisma said.

“PHSD will also continue to provide telemedicine services via Click-nika, our online consulting platform,” she added.

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