IATF chief implementer impressed with Cebu City Quarantine Center

AFTER commending Cebu for its response to the Covid-19 crisis, Secretary Carlito Galvez, chief implementer of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, was again impressed with the quarantine facility in Cebu City.

In a virtual press conference on June 11, 2020, Galvez announced that he will be inspecting the hospitals in Cebu next to check its health care capacities.

Galvez included the Cebu City Quarantine Center (CCQC) at Block 27 in the North Reclamation Area during his inspection.

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, who assisted Galvez on his visit, said the chief implementer was impressed.

“He said the facility is not found in Manila,” said Labella.

In a post on the Facebook page of the Cebu City Public Information Office (PIO), it said Galvez was impressed by the equipment in the quarantine facility, especially with the checking of the patient’s vital signs that does not require physical contact between the nurse or doctor and the patient.

As of June 12, there are 40 patients staying at the quarantine facility who are experiencing mild symptoms of Covid-19.

Of the 40, 24 are male and 16 are female, said Cebu City Medical Center administrator Yvonne Feliciano.

Feliciano said most of them are experiencing fever, colds and sore throat.

Feliciano said the negative pressure quarantine facility is equipped with hospital beds, a portable X-ray, intubation set, standby oxygen and a small laboratory, among others.

Feliciano said there are eight doctors and around 40 nurses assigned in the facility and the City is hiring more as it targets to assign 50 nurses and nine doctors in the facility.

The facility can accommodate up to 160 Covid-19 patients who are experiencing mild symptoms, Feliciano said.

Labella said Galvez told him that the national government will assist the city in its fight against the disease.

Labella, though, has not specified what kind of help the national government will provide.

In the virtual press conference on June 11, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino said the national government vowed to help the city, as well as the whole Cebu, in terms of its isolation centers.

Meanwhile, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia disclosed that the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) has endorsed her appeal to place Cebu Province under Modified General Community Quarantine.

During her online press briefer on June 12, Garcia said she is still hoping that the IATF in Manila will approve their appeal.

The IATF is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, June 15, to discuss the possibility of lowering the quarantine status of some areas in the country, among others. (JJL, ANV)