By Jennifer C. Tilos
he Dumaguete City government has launched a 40-bed community isolation center for 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at City High School Gymnasium.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force COVID-19, inspected the isolation facility with 40 cubicles ready to accept persons with influenza-like illness (PPI).
The center has complete amenities to serve the basic needs of PPIs who will be monitored 24/7 by personnel from the City Health Office and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
The center is equipped with necessary equipment for proper management of the patients, including sanitation tents, disinfection system, and nurse’s station with computers.
The city government facility is also complete with 24-hour health workers, food, wide screen monitor cable TV, and internet access.
City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah Talla said at present, no person under monitoring has exhibited influenza-like illness and there a no more PUMs or persons under monitoring in 22 of the 30 component barangays in the city.
Nevertheless, Remollo is optimistic that if the public will continue to cooperate with the authorities by following the stay-at-home policy of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the city will remain free from local transmission of COVID-19.
Present during the ocular inspection of the center were Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, Councilors Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Manuel Sagarbarria, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Agustin Miguel Perdices, Bernice Elmaco, Rosel Erames and Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores. (With reports from CPIO Dems Demecillo)