DAGUPAN CITY, April 8 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised local government units (LGUs) in the country to prepare isolation facilities in their areas of jurisdiction to help decongest hospitals treating asymptomatic patients infected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, DILG spokesperson said, during the Laging Handa Public Briefing on Wednesday, that the number of testing centers across the country are increasing and testing kits are in the possession of many Filipinos, thus the expected increase in the percentage of COVID positive patients.
"Dumarami ang mga testing center. Ibig pong sabihin nito, darami ang ating mate-test na tao at tataas ang porsyento ng COVID positive," Malaya said during the briefing aired live over PTV-4.
Many of these patients, he said, will have mild or no symptoms and are therefore no longer advisable to stay in hospitals.
"It is better for them to be isolated and placed in a facility set up by the LGU. In anticipation of this, it is imperative and needed for the LGUs to set up your isolation facilities immediately," Malaya added.
He said the Bayanihan grant funds approved by President Rodrigo Duterte will help provide funds to the LGUs.
MODULAR TENT: One of the 30 blue-colored modular tents now installed at the Dagupan City Astrodome which the city government had prepared in the event that the city will require more isolation areas for persons under investigation (PUI) because of the Covid -19 outbreak. Each tent has a foam bed , chair, mat pail and toiletries.(VHS)
In response, the provincial government of Pangasinan has set up a 'half way house' at the Farmers Pavilion which is located within the premises of the provincial nursery in Brgy. Tebag in Sta. Barbara town for all asymptomatic PUIs who are initially admitted in the provincial government hospitals.
Governor Amado Espino III said the establishment of a temporary holding facility forms part of the contingency plans of the provincial government to address the present health crisis and in compliance to the Department of Health (DOH) 14-day quarantine protocol.
The province also sent off eight employees to the Sta. Barbara Halfway House. The first team was led by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna De Guzman joined by two nurses and five more staff. They will be in the isolation house until April 12.
In Dagupan City, some 30 blue-colored modular tents are now installed at the Dagupan City Astrodome. The city government had prepared the astrodome in the event that the city will require more isolation areas for PUIs. Each tent has a foam bed, chair, mat, pail, and toiletries. (JCR/JND/VHS, PIA Pangasinan)