CITY OF ILOILO –– A baby boy was born Sunday in a COVID-19 isolation center in Iloilo amid the continuing battle against the pandemic.
Health workers delivered a 2.5-kilogram boy at 10:15 a.m. at the Barangay Bacjawan Sur isolation center in Concepcion town, about 109 km northeast of Iloilo town.
The mayor of Concepcion, Raul Banias, said two nurses and two midwives supervised by telephone by the municipal health worker assisted with the delivery at the Concepcion Kontra Covid isolation center.
“Our alert and capable nurses in the isolation centers, trained and capable, are ready to deal with this situation. Not fleeing a medical emergency, they hastily prepared a makeshift delivery table from a bamboo cot that we provided in each isolation room, ”said Banias, a doctor, in a statement.
“Our staff are happy that the delivery was a success,” he told the INVESTIGATOR in a telephone interview.
The boy’s mother and father, both 22, and working for a construction company, and their 2-year-old son have tested positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic.
The mother tested positive on Saturday after undergoing a routine swab test for women in their third trimester of pregnancy.
Her husband and son were taken to the isolation center after testing positive for COVID-19.
She gave birth at 7 a.m. on Sunday and was due to be transferred to a referral district hospital, according to protocol.
But Banias said Sara District Hospital could not accommodate her as many of its staff are isolated and quarantined due to COVID-19.
Health workers at the isolation center decided to give birth there and turned a bamboo bed into a makeshift delivery table. They also had to wear personal protective equipment.
Medicines and other medical supplies were also to be brought from the city birthing clinic.
Banias commended the nurses, staff and staff of the facility’s municipal health unit for their efforts.
“Your pizza and your ice cream (are) coming.” And the chicken and the Jollibee burger in Nanay, ”he said.
The city is among those affected by an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent months. But the numbers have fallen to about five a day this week.
As of September 26, the city had registered 928 cases, including 155 active, 760 healings and 13 deaths.
The Western Visayas Ministry of Health reported 854 new patients on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 127,127. These include 16,505 active cases, 107,671 recoveries and 2,921 deaths.
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