Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants to know how Davao City is prepared to handle cases of Ebola virus infection and is calling a summit on the malady that has already killed more than 4,000 people worldwide. There is still no case of Ebola infection in the Philippines but has already infected more than 8,000 in the African states where the disease started.
Primarily, Duterte said he wants to know if local hospitals are well-equipped to handle an Ebola case.
Earlier, he said he was ready to help the government-owned Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in the city with more isolation rooms if needed.
The SPMC has a three-room isolation facility, which has already been recently tested in the case of a woman from Central Mindanao suspected to have been infected by MERS-Cov. The woman, an overseas worker who arrived from the Middle East, turned up to be clean. The SPMC facility could handle other deadly diseases like SARS and bird flu.
Are we prepared? If not, what do we need to do, Duterte said, asking questions that should be answered by the Ebola summit.