PICC, World Trade Center, & Rizal Memorial Sports Complex to open as COVID-19 quarantine sites this week – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 6, 2020   •   1079

MANILA, Philippines – Three facilities being converted into quarantine sites for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are set to open this week, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said these facilities are the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and the World Trade Center.

Duque made the announcement during his visit to the sites on Monday morning.

The Health chief said the three community quarantine sites will initially admit COVID-19 positive patients with mild or no symptoms.

“This protocol may change depending on the number of patients under investigation (PUI) & person under monitoring (PUM). If a patient’s condition worsens, he or she will be rushed immediately to a hospital for proper management and treatment,” Secretary Duque said in a statement.

The DOH said the PICC can accommodate a maximum of 294 patients, while the World Trade Center and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex can admit 502 and 112 patients, respectively.

Duque said the PICC will be managed by the Philippine National Police Medical Corps, while the World Trade Center will be managed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Both the PNP and AFP will supervise the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The DOH healthcare workforce will also be supporting these three quarantine facilities,” the DOH said.

The facilities are aimed at decongesting hospitals and containing the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus disease.

The conversion of the three quarantine facilities is a collaboration between government and private sector, composed of the DOH, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Bases Conversion Development Authority headed by Secretary Vince Dizon, who is also the Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, the agency added.

To date, the Philippines has recorded 3,660 confirmed cases with 163 fatalities and 73 total recoveries.

Gov’t allows fully vaccinated senior citizens in GCQ, MGCQ areas to go out

Marje Pelayo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday (June 11) confirmed that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is allowing senior citizens who have received two doses of vaccine against COVID-19 to leave their homes.

During the DOH regular press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the new policy only covers fully vaccinated senior citizens in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

“Pinapayagan na po ng ating gobyerno na makalabas na ang ating senior citizens sa June 16 na fully vaccinated, iyon pong may dalawang doses ng bakuna dito sa COVID-19,” Vergerie said.

The official advises, however, that despite eased restrictions on the movement of the elderly, they must still observe the minimum health and safety protocols.

“Nanawagan tayo sa mga senior citizen na maari na kayong lumabas pero kailangan lang na nakasuot pa rin kayo ng face mask at face shield. Huwag pupunta sa matataong lugar especially in enclosed spaces,” Vergeire said.

The official stressed that those fully vaccinated senior citizens in areas with higher quarantine restrictions must still stay at home.

DOH distributes 300-plus donated respirators to hospitals; standby units available for outside NCR+8

Marje Pelayo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has distributed total of 337 donated respirators  to government and private hospitals, the agency confirmed in a statement issued on Friday (June 11).

Meanwhile, 63 respirators are now on standby and ready to be deployed to regions outside NCR+8 areas that are experiencing surges of COVID-19 cases.

The DOH said that it has received about 400 respirators from Singapore’s Temasek Foundation.

Out of this number, 30 units were sponsored by a private company associated with the tobacco industry.

However, given the provisions of the CSC-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2010-01 which prohibits the DOH from accepting donations from the tobacco industry, the said units were immediately delivered to 10 private hospitals identified by the private company for them to be used on COVID-19 patients, through the mediation of the DOH.

The DOH also thanked the Temasek Foundation for the donated respirators for COVID-19 patients in the country.

The agency also expressed gratitude to the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore for facilitating delivery of the said donations. More than 100 public and private hospitals in the Philippines received the respirators.

PH posts 5,462 new COVID-19 infections; active cases at 54K

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Wednesday recorded 5,462 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), pushing the total tally to 1,286,217.

In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases in the country is at 54,000.

Of these cases, 92.6 percent are mild, 3.0 percent are asymptomatic, 1.22 percent are moderate, 1.8 percent are severe, and 1.4 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH noted in its report that eight accredited testing laboratories failed to submit data on time.

The DOH also announced 7,854 more patients who have recovered from the viral respiratory disease, bringing the total recoveries to 1,210,027.

The number of COVID-related deaths climbed to 22,190 with 126 new fatalities.

The DOH also reported the positivity rate of 12.6 percent out of 39,788 tests conducted last June 7.

Government data showed that 58 percent of the country’s ICU beds are occupied while patients are utilizing 38 percent of the ventilators.

In the National Capital Region, 53 percent of ICU beds are in use while 35 percent of ventilators are also being utilized.

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