Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza Dimaporo, the Provincial Administrator and the Deputy Responsible Officer of the Incident Management Team of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, through the Provincial Health Office organized a meeting with the Doctors from the Provincial Hospitals, Doctors to the Barrio, Municipal Health Officers, Lanao del Norte Medical Society, and Private Hospitals on April 7, 2020, at the Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium, Tubod.

The meeting aims to come up with a system or guidelines that all medical practitioners within Lanao del Norte will follow in order to have uniformity of actions to be taken, particularly in referring patients from one medical facility to another.

Ms. Sittie Aminah on behalf of Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, expressed her gratitude to the Doctors who have attended the meeting despite the current situation that is facing not only by the province but also the country and world.

The Provincial Administrator encouraged the Doctors to ask questions, share suggestions, or present ideas that may be helpful to further improve the health care system in Lanao del Norte. And if such ideas are agreed upon by the majority who are present at the meeting will be then streamlined to all medical facilities in the province for proper guidance.

Lanao del Norte is known to have a strong health care system, and Ms. Sittie Aminah does not want that to breakdown because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), instead establish a system or guidelines that are solicited from all concern Medical Professionals as a tool that every health care facility will follow.

Lyndon G. Calica, the Provincial Information Officer and the IMT Incident Commander humbly said that the Incident Management Team is doing its best to observe the protocols and to cater to the needs of the frontliners, especially the Doctors, Nurses, and other medical personnel.

The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Teresa M. Reponte, presented the Unified COVID-19 Algorithms and discussed on the Guidelines of Primary Care, Hospital Care, and the Personal Protective Equipment Use by Health Care Workers.

Right after the presentation, Doctors were given the opportunity during the open forum to express their observation and constructively exchange ideas to better improve the health care system, particularly in the Provincial Hospitals. PIO-LDN

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