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DOH: PH must bolster oxygen supply amidst Delta threat

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The Department of Health (DOH) has stated that although the country’s current supply of oxygen is sufficient, adding to this is a necessary precaution should another Covid19 surge occur due to the highly transmissible Covid19 Delta variant.


11 local cases of the Delta variant were recently detected in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, Western Visayas, and Northern Mindanao.


These cases, however, have not been classified as local transmissions by the DOH, meaning the infection was not passed between individuals with no recent history of travel abroad.


DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that since its discovery in India, the health department has been preparing for the Delta variant’s “eventual” arrival in the country.


“Our hospitals are now more guided that they should be expanding their beds already. Our local governments have been guided also they should intensify their PDITR (Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate) response” Vergeire mentioned.


Vergeire added that maintaining vigilance especially when going out, and following public health safety protocols, are also key to combating a potential surge.


The DOH Usec further stated that the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF) will be constantly monitoring and studying the situation in NCR, to see if the NCR Plus bubble restrictions must once again be enforced.


Oxygen is an essential component in the treatment of Covid19, a respiratory disease.


Earlier in February, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the global demand for medical oxygen had spiked due to the pandemic, and increased to 1.1 million cylinders in low to middle-income countries alone.

Photo: SMNI News


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