The Bangsamoro government is eyeing to set up referral hospitals in the region solely for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Ministry of Health (BARMM-MOH) Minister Dr. Saffrulah M. Dipatuan said once a hospital is identified as a COVID-19 hospital, it would no longer admit patients with different ailments.
“Ngayon tinitingan na natin kung paano tayo magkakaroon ng COVID-19 hospitals, alin ba sa mga hospitals natin ang pwedeng i-convert,” he said.
The official also said that the regional government is also trying to address the other challenges related to COVID-19, such as the need for medical supplies.
While the Bangsamoro government was able to deliver stocks, particularly the personal protective equipment (PPE), to the provinces and cities in the region, he acknowledged that these were not enough should there be a spike of COVID-19 cases.
“Ginagawan naman natin ng paraan. At nagpapasalamat tayo dahil tumutulong rin ang [national] government para sa delivery ng supplies,” Dipatuan assured, explaining that the shortage of PPE is a global problem, not only in BARMM.
Dipatuan said the region will also install more ventilators in the hospitals of BARMM, including the two (2) Department of Health (DOH)-retained hospitals such as the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) in Cotabato City and Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Lanao del Sur.
“In Sha Allah matutugnan natin ito dahil nakipagugnayan na sa atin ang United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Handa silang tulungan tayon in terms of donating (ventilators),” he added.