The turn over of COVID-19 rooms, which is the third DPWH-funded facility, is part of the department’s COVID-19 response by augmenting the province’s isolation capacity, following the increase of confirmed cases of the viral disease.
Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc expresses gratitude to DPWH, especially to Secretary Mark Villar, and the district engineers for the continuing commitment to provide isolation facilities.
In Ilocos Norte, the provincial government has more than 140 beds at the DPWH property in Laoag City and Takuat Center in San Nicolas town.
Isolated patients are given free meals and medications.
“We are managing COVID-19 patients in our facilities if admitting them in a hospital is unnecessary. Mahirap din tambakan ang mga hospital. At the moment, Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital as well as the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center are nearly reaching their maximum capacity. Kaya kailangan nilang mag-undergo ng screening upang mapili kung sino ang kinakailangang ma-admit sa mga hospital,” Provincial Quarantine Facility Consultant Dr. Rina Corpuz said.
As of April 15, there are 268 active COVID-19 cases; 1,112 recoveries; 10 deaths; and 1,390 total confirmed cases wherein 22 symptomatic cases are admitted at a COVID-19 referral hospital in Ilocos Norte.
Meanwhile, during the Network Briefing News hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary JV Arcena, the local chief executive of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, updated on the current situation of the municipality on COVID-19.
“Since March until September 2020, we have only two cases but after the holiday season, on January 13, we had 42. So, the people saw that we still need to follow minimum public health protocols and we really need the vaccine to go back to our normal lives,” Mayor Shem Garay said.
Acknowledging the need to strictly enforce health standards to fight the major spread of the virus, Garay also added the importance of contact tracing and social distancing.
“We monitor stringently. We don’t want Hinatuanons to report only when they are already in a severe condition. Once symptoms manifest, it’s reported immediately to the barangay or municipal health unit,” mayor shared.
To date, there are only three active cases in the said municipality. (JCR/AMB/MJTAB, PIA Ilocos Norte)
By Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco