Clinic for athletes now open in New Clark City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019   •   764

The Philippine General Hospital Satellite for Sports Medicine and Wellness for the athletes competing in the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opened on Tuesday (November 19) and will be operational starting Wednesday.

“Today I believe we are sending doctors and nurses to take care of our athletes and I know that you have the capability because we are dealing with the best,” Vice President for Business Development of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Arrey Perez said.

In the upcoming SEA Games, the polyclinic will take care of and assist the athletes.

According to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Director, Dr. Gerardo D. Legaspi said round 300 doctors, nurses, and technicians from PGH will be on duty in the polyclinic. He also said that around 20 doctors will be on duty every day.

“We will be equipped to handle most emergencies that will not require hospitalization,” Legaspi said.

The polyclinic will have a 24-hour emergency room, primary care and sports medicine, and other facilities.

After SEA Games, the facility can be used by future residents of the New Clark City and other nearby areas.—AAC (with reports from Leslie Huidem)

DOH disinfects Athletes’ Village in New Clark City after Diamond Princess repatriates leave

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, March 13 conducted extensive cleaning and sanitation at the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City after repatriates from the MV Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan completed their 14-day quarantine.

In a statement, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said personnel from DOH Central Luzon Center for Health Development disinfected and sanitized all rooms used by the repatriates during their quarantine.

A video posted by the BCDA on Facebook showed DOH personnel wearing full protective gears cleaning and disinfecting the rooms.

“We would like to assure everyone, especially those residing in the adjacent communities of New Clark City, that the Athletes’ Village has been thoroughly sanitized by the DOH,” BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said.

A total of 445 repatriates from the virus-hit cruise ship in Japan stayed at the quarantine facility when they arrived on February 25.

They completed their two-week quarantine on March 11, Wednesday. Two of the 445 repatriates tested positive for the virus.

The DOH earlier announced that the rooms used by two crew members infected with the virus were immediately and thoroughly disinfected after they were transferred to the hospital.

“New Clark City will remain on lockdown in accordance with the government’s directive to the public to refrain from visiting public places,” Dizon added.

As of Thursday, the Philippines has 52 confirmed infections with five fatalities.

Filipinos repatriated from virus-hit China to be quarantined at New Clark City – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   February 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos who will be repatriated this week from China’s Hubei province, which was hit by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) will be quarantined at the New Clark City in Tarlac, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday.

“We plan to bring back our fellow Filipinos here in the country as seamlessly and efficiently as possible. Procedures were set into place from the moment our OFW kababayans board the plane up until their arrival at New Clark City,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

Authorities earlier said that more than 40 Filipino workers from China are expected to arrive at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga on Saturday.

The DOH said that before the arrival of repatriated Filipinos, they will first be oriented on the quarantine process, and will be asked to fill-out health cards and other necessary documents.  

Upon alighting the plane, returning Filipinos from Hubei will be screened by the Bureau of Quarantine, Duque said.

Those who will be found exhibiting symptoms of the virus, including cough, colds, fever, and difficulty in breathing, shall “immediately be admitted as patients under investigation (PUIs) at identified hospitals.”

While asymptomatic Filipinos or those who are now showing any symptoms of the disease will be transported to the quarantine facility, Duque said.

The Health chief assured that all luggage, vehicles, and aircrafts used in the transport of returning Filipinos will be disinfected by the Center for Health Development (CHD) Central Luzon.

During the quarantine period, one room will be allotted per person to ensure the patient’s safety and convenience. The room can also accommodate a family of three.

The health department also said that quarantined persons will have limited movement inside the building.

“Packed lunch will be served and prepared for them every day within the facility,” Duque said.

He added that the DOH will be managing the entire quarantine process and that hospitals under the agency, especially those near the New Clark City, will be asked to deploy medical teams in the quarantine area.

“We will be providing the needed medical logistics including hygiene kits, disinfectant solutions, transportation, and other things that will be needed in the quarantine process,” Duque said.

Upon completion of the 14-day quarantine period, discharged persons will be facilitated by the Overseas Workers Welfare Authority in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“Rest assured that all our kababayans will be treated with utmost care and dignity as they go through the whole process of repatriation,” Duque said.

The Fort Magsaysay Drug Rehabilitation Center in Nueva Ecija was earlier reported to be among the proposed venues for the mandatory 14-day quarantine of repatriated Filipinos.

According to Duque, the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases finalized the venue as well as the protocols relating to the repatriation and quarantine process after they inspected the facility in Capas, Tarlac on Thursday.

De Lima wants probe into PH’s hosting of 2019 SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she has filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged irregularities that marred the country’s hosting of the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.  

De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 274 directing the appropriate Senate committee to conduct an investigation on the reported organizational and administrative problems, as well as possible corruption, which affected the biennial sports meet.

She said reports on organizational problems surrounding the country’s preparation “betray a political dynamic that could translate to even greater problems in our sports programs in the future.”

“As we celebrate our athletes’ most successful campaign in recent memory, it is likewise important for our government to scrutinize our performance both as a host country and as patrons to our athletes,” she said in a statement.

De Lima said that prior to its opening on Nov. 30, the country’s hosting of the SEA Games has been beset by organizational issues, including early troubles with transportation and accommodations of teams from Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Cambodia, accreditation issues and lack of halal food for Singaporean delegation, and even problems with accreditation of media.

She also said that several volunteers for the SEA Games also aired their grievances over the alleged lack of system and coordination.

De Lima likewise noted the criticisms on the allegedly exorbitant 50-meter tall cauldron-type structure, which costs P50 million, for the lighting of the torch.

“Proper management and governance necessitate that we conduct an inquiry on the recently concluded SEA Games, especially after the problems encountered were duly documented by the mass media,” she said.

The lawmaker also underscored the need to scrutinize the organizational structure through which the country hosts international sporting events “to ensure that the funds will be properly given to institutions with the mandate and capability to properly utilize them.

“There is a need to investigate the existing sports legislation to ensure that support and funding are given to the agencies that have the proper mandate and that accountability lies even with private organizations, especially those who have access to government resources,” she said.

“While problems of disorganization, incompetence, and inefficiency can be resolved through institutional mechanisms, what cannot be countenanced is the scandalous probability that in the middle of all this disorganization and incompetence, certain high public officials still might have enriched themselves in the procurement of government contracts for the hosting of the games,” she added.

Officials of the Philippine Sports Commission and the SEA Games organizing committee earlier attributed the delays in the preparation of the biennial meet to the delayed passage of the 2019 national budget.

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