102 BGHMC staff test positive, no deaths

BATAAN CAPITOL-- Despite most of those infected with coronavirus were doctors and nurses, there are no recorded cases of death due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among the staff of Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC).

This was revealed during the opening of the 50-bed capacity BGHMC annex by Chief Glory Baltazar who said a total of 102 healthcare workers were infected after a trauma surgeon was exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 patient.

“It was April 16 when our lead COVID-19 point person tested positive. I instructed all employees then that no one will be allowed to go home — get tested first,” she stressed.

For his part, Gov Abet S Garcia hailed the health workers who he dubbed as the ‘modern day living heroes,’ for risking their lives and limbs and in curing the COVID patients.

Gov Garcia provided them (health workers) with free accommodations such as hotel rooms, food and service vehicles in recognition of their valuable services in times of crisis.

The said trauma surgeon already recovered as Baltazar commended her for her heroic service of putting her life in danger in an attempt to save someone’s life.

She also mentioned she kept shrugging off public criticisms thrown at her and said she only cared for the health and safety of BGHMC personnel.

“I am happy that from the 102, there are no casualties. I don’t care if there’s someone who is mad at me. My concern is no one died from my staff,” the hospital chief emotionally narrated.

She also emphasized realizations due to the pandemic such as never getting their guards down amid the war against the invisible enemy.  

“I want to inform all of you that out of the 102 patients who turned positive to the disease, 93 of them did not feel any symptoms,” she announced.

Moreover, Baltazar lauded all doctors, nurses and the rest of hospital employees for their dedications to combat the pandemic given that some were given permission to leave their service.

“Out of the 200 plus doctors, 95 percent of those doctors are not from Bataan, and they are here. They stayed with us,” she added.

Baltazar also extolled the support of the provincial government, city government of Balanga, and Office of the Bataan Second District Representative on immediately responding to their concerns during the ongoing crisis such as the provision of daily meals, transportation and accommodation of BGHMC staff.