Silliman University Medical Center Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

September 14, 2021 – by Silliman University Medical Center Foundation, Inc posted on Facebook

Late Monday afternoon, September 13, 2021, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion advised both public and private hospitals in Negros Oriental to prepare for a COVID-19 surge. With the new coronavirus disease variant (Delta Variant) amidst the province, it is better to prepare for the worst. Silliman University Medical Center Foundation, Inc (SUMC FI) made their advisory stating:

Silliman University Medical Center Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

With the recent detection of local cases of the Delta variant in Dumaguete City and in some local government units of the province of Negros Oriental, the Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC) assures the public that it has been preparing for this worst-case scenario to ensure the safety of our residents. Although the severity of this variant is still subject to debate and discussion, we are sure that this variant has the ability to spread faster than other known variants. It is believed that 15 seconds of unprotected exposure is enough for this virus to infect other people. This means that since the variant has already managed to infect a few of our residents of Dumaguete City, a possible increase in COVID-19 cases in the next few weeks is anticipated. ​​

SUMC has taken heed of what is happening in other countries and nearby cities facing this threat. With rationality and calmness, we anticipate and prepare for a dreaded surge. Faith and science will be our bulwark. As the only tertiary hospital in the province, SUMC has been preparing its stocks of critical medications, securing its oxygen supplies, ramping up testing ability & capacity, reviewing and adjusting Hospital policies for quarantine & isolation, and streamlining patient management, both in and out, of the Hospital.​

​If you have come in close contact with someone who has Covid-like symptoms or believe to be exposed to Covid-19 positive individuals, please immediately have yourself checked, and/or consult, with a healthcare provider. In the event you do not develop symptoms, please go on self-monitoring to wait for symptoms to progress. To decongest the hospitals, SUMC offers home health care where monitoring is strongly advised for mild and asymptomatic cases. You can avail of the Hospital’s Virtual Consultation facility, consultation at the Respiratory Unit, or doctor’s home visits through the Home Health Services. Remember that early treatment and intervention is also key to increasing the chances of survival against this dreaded disease especially for those high risk patients. ​

​You can contact the Hospital trunkline at 420-2000/225-0841 or contact our services through the following link and phone number:​

​Emergency Room
Contact numbers: 225-7031 or 422-7180 ​

​Home Health Services
Contact number: 420-2000 / 225-0841 Local 7736​
Direct inward dial (DID): 420-2006​
Mobile: 0995-5541-643​

Doctor’s consultation, Monday-Saturday, 8am–5pm​
Nursing services, Monday-Sunday, 8am-5pm​
Physical therapy, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm​
Laboratory phlebotomy services, Monday-Sunday, 6am–3pm​

​OPD Respi Clinic
Contact number: 420 2000/225-0841 local 7739​
Clinic hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am-8pm ​

​Virtual Consultation
Available doctors and their schedules are as follows:​
Dr. Chuckie Miguel A. Bacolod (Internal Medicine), Monday to Saturday, 8am-5pm ​
Dr. Johanna Lei T. Bandoy (Internal Medicine), Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm ​
Dr. Kara Kristy V. Congjuico (Internal Medicine), Monday to Sunday, 8am-8pm ​
Dr. Rowena Marie T. Samares (Family Medicine), Head of the Home Health Services program ​

​We are reminding everybody to continue to strictly observe the health protocols such as wearing face masks, face shields, frequent hand hygiene, and refrain from attending social gatherings. Health monitoring procedures are implemented to prevent the spread of the disease. We are encouraging everybody to get vaccinated as soon as possible because the risk of infection and severe illness has been reported to be disproportionately very high for unvaccinated individuals.​

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