Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando announced on Tuesday that they will add 200 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds for severe or at high-risk cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as part of their Covid Surge Capacity Design.
Among the measures to be implemented by the provincial government is the designation of the provincial hospital, which is now the Bulacan Medical Center (BMC), as a COVID-19 center facility where the OB Ward or maternity ward will be the additional ICU section for those with severe COVID-19 cases.
According to Fernando, the BMC and the Bulacan Infection Control Center (BICC) will be the primary COVID Referral Facility for moderate to critical COVID-19 suspects positive patients.
In the BMC OB Ward is where the said additional 200 ICU beds will be placed, in addition to the ICU section in the BICC while the OB Ward will be transferred to Calumpit District Hospital.
Because Plaridel Emergency is near BMC, it will serve as BMC’s Animal Bite Center for out-patient services while its extra personnel will be transferred to Calumpit District Hospital for reinforcement.
The governor also explained that there is no confinement at BMC for non-COVID patients but those who are taken to BMC Emergency as out-patients will be given first aid and laboratory tests but will be immediately transferred to other district hospitals to be confined if necessary.
The Local Governance Building, which was first assigned as Provincial Quarantine Facility, has been upgraded and is exclusively for frontline health workers’ use only.
Fernando said the quarantine facilities at Bulacan State University (BulSU) will serve as stepdown or recovery stage facilities.
In addition, the P16-million Bulacan Community Mega Quarantine Facility at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Barangay Sta. Isabel in Malolos City will cater to at least 60 individuals and will be funded by the provincial government.
It was also learned that the doctors and nurses in the district hospitals will remain in their designated hospitals and will not rotate to other hospitals.
The local government unit will retain the capacity to cater to their isolation and quarantine facilities for moderate cases.
“Ang panibagong pagsiklab ng pandemya ay nangangailangan ng ating mabilis at hindi pangkaraniwang pagtugon. Kakaiba ang sitwasyon ngayon, hindi pwedeng karaniwan ang pagtugon. Kailangan natin ng estratehiya, kailangan natin ng taktika. We need to act fast and to think smart,” Fernando said.
The province of Bulacan is included in the NCR Plus bubble along with Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Rizal.
Ironically, though Bulacan has the largest population among the other provinces, it has the lowest number of COVID-19 cases at present.
As of April 19, 2021, Bulacan recorded 3,496 active cases, 19,448 recovered patients, 614 deaths out of a total of 23,558 verified cases.