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Lambunao uses evacuation centers as COVID-19 facilities

Philippine Information Agency
25 May 2020, 00:38 GMT+10

ILOILO CITY, May 24 (PIA6) - - The local government unit of Lambunao, Iloilo has set up two COVID-19 centers to be used as quarantine facilities for returning residents of the municipality who are working abroad or stranded in other parts of the country.

The municipal government converted its two newly constructed evacuation centers to cater to Returning Overseas Filipinos (RFOs) and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) from their town who are required to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine as a health protocol against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Municipal Information Officer Gina Aris.

Aris said their local government unit turned over the evacuation centers-turned COVID-19 facilities to the officials of the villages of Pughanan and Lumanay on May 22.

Mayor Reynor Gonzales led the turnover ceremonies which were witnessed by Vice Mayor Arvin Losaria, SB Members, MHO Dr. Ma. Mercedes Ballarta, MHO and MDRRMO frontliners.

With the establishment of these isolation facilities, Aris said the Don Eugenio Ladrido Memorial Elementary School will now be used as receiving facility for LSIs and ROFs.

As of May 22, the town has 17 actively monitored ROFs and LSIs who are undergoing home quarantine.

"They have already completed the mandatory quarantine from the places where they came from but as part of the protocol they are still required to undergo the 14-day quarantine," said Aris.

To date, the town has recorded 7 patients who have contracted the virus of whom 6 have recovered and one died.

All the seven cases confirmed cases are members of one family.

Aris said the full cooperation of the family with health authorities and LGU has greatly helped toward their successful recovery and in preventing the further transmission of the virus. (JSC/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)

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