Covid hits Hinoba-an RHU, birthing center personnel

Mayor Ernesto Estrao has ordered the temporary closure of the Rural Health Unit and birthing center in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, after several of their personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

The two facilities have been closed for disinfection and will reopen Monday, Estrao said Thursday, June 17.

Seven out of 12 newly identified COVID-19 cases in Hinobaan are personnel of the RHU.

The four others are family members who are considered close contacts and one Hinoba-an local government employee.

Estrao said a medical technologist at the RHU was the first to test positive so the rest of the staff were swabbed for COVID-19 tests.

The other RHU and birthing center personnel who tested positive are nurses and midwives, Estrao said.

Contact tracing is underway and more test results are awaited, he said.
Hinoba-an residents who are giving birth will be brought to barangay health centers and others needing medical help can go to the town hospital, Estrao said.*

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