Today Wednesday, April 7, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 sends 35 nurses, 11 doctors, and eight medical technologists to the NCR Plus, this includes the National Capital Region and its neighboring provinces such as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, that is currently under the Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ).
The spokesperson of DOH 7, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche said that the medical workers are mostly from Cebu's various hospitals and medical centers and some are directly hired by the DOH 7.
The first batch of at least 100 to 200 healthcare professionals are the 54 medical workers that are set to be deployed in the NCR Plus.
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, requested the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) to deploy medical workers from the Visayas Region to help in assisting hospitals and medical centers in the NCR Plus.
OPAV Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino agrees with the legislator's request which then leads to the coordination with Visayas Health Regional Directors to come up with volunteers of medical workers.
Furthermore, Loreche also requests medical workers from Bohol, Siquijor, and Negros Occidental in helping to fight against the COVID-19 cases arising in the NCR Plus region.
Loreche noted that the DOT 7 will be the ones to provide the healthcare workers' salaries, which their contracts stipulate to render their services for at least one month. Medical workers' performances are evaluated every two weeks.
On the other hand, with Cebu's deployment of medical healthcare workers, Loreche expresses her confidence that the province is not yet in need of many medical workers or extra bed capacity as the critical healthcare utilization hangs at 31.7 percent, which is considered far from any danger zone.
"We are in the safe zone of our bed allocation and manpower," she said.
Loreche stressed that if Cebu would need additional help, then the medical workers sent to the NCR Plus will be recalled.