Pangasinan town opens own isolation facility

The municipal government here has officially opened its infectious diseases isolation facility at the municipal wharf to cater to suspected and probable coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases and other infectious diseases.


In an interview Wednesday, Mayor Liseldo Calugay said the 45-bed isolation facility is a component of their “test, trace and treat” strategy, and addresses the spread of Covid-19.


The local government unit converted the enclosed unused warehouse-type building inside the wharf, furnished with hospital beds, comfort rooms, and a nurses’ room.


“In case a suspect or probable case will be quarantined in the facility, the Provincial Health Office will assign personnel who will take care of the patients,” he said.


The isolation facility was inaugurated on Monday.


Meanwhile, Calugay said the local government has launched an aggressive targeted Covid-19 testing of residents.


He said the municipal government purchased 1,000 rapid test kits (RTK), with additional 1,200 RTK kits donated by Team Energy.


He added they had already used about 200 kits prioritizing front-liners, including police, tricycle drivers, market vendors, and workers of fish cage operators, among others.


Next to undergo rapid tests are municipal employees.


“Those found positive in the rapid test will automatically undergo confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test,” Calugay said.


Sual has partnered through a memorandum of agreement with the Chinese General Hospital for the processing of PCR tests.


Calugay further announced that the town’s lone case of Covid-19, a fish vendor from Cabalitian Island, had already tested negative for the virus in the latest test. He will undergo another swab test for final confirmation.


All the people the patient had close contact with also tested negative for the virus.


Barangay Cabalitian’s enhanced community quarantine status was lifted on Tuesday.


“The local government invests in the health and wellness of its residents. Aside from the food packs, we also distributed hygiene kits, two boxes of vitamin C, and face masks in every household. We also gave separate relief to the senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and children 12 years old below,” he said.


Calugay also reminded his constituents to religiously follow the health protocols like wearing face masks, regular hand washing, and practicing safe physical distancing


Source: Philippines News Agency

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