ASYMPTOMATIC Covid-19 patients are no longer staying at Don Vicente Rama Memorial National High School in Barangay Basak Pardo, Cebu City.
This was the clarification made by City Councilor Joel Garganera, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) deputy chief implementer, on Nov. 18, 2020, following speculation that the school is housing asymptomatic Covid-19 patients.
Teachers’ Dignity Coalition Central Visayas president Raul Constantino had questioned the EOC for allegedly allowing asymptomatic Covid-19 patients to stay at the school.
Constantino said the alleged setup at Don Vicente Rama Memorial National High School brings risks to both teachers and parents who go to the school to fetch learning modules.
“You are definitely putting our lives in danger! Will you please explain this to the public? Dili ba ni dako’ng tamparos sa (Isn’t this a big slap on the) IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) health protocol?” Constantino said.
“As the word used is ‘alleged,’ so di na tinuod (it is not true),” Garganera said.
The councilor said only the police officers are staying at the school.
A demarcation line was already installed to ensure the police officers stay in one area of the school, and they will not encounter the teachers and parents.
Garganera said there are no other areas in the city where the law enforcers, who have been deployed to man the checkpoints, can stay.
He also said all barangay isolation centers (BICs) in the city, including the Don Vicente Rama Memorial National High School, have been temporarily closed as all Covid-19 patients are now quarantined at the IC3 Bayanihan Center, and Normal Oasis for Adaptation and a Home (Noah) complex, while others are confined in hospitals.
The logistics for quarantine, including beds, are still in the BICs in case there is a need to reactivate them, Garganera said.
When there was a surge in Covid-19 cases in Cebu City last April, the City converted 52 schools in the city into BICs where asymptomatic Covid-19 patients were isolated.
As the Covid-19 situation in the city started to improve last August, the City decided on the gradual temporary closure of the BICs. In the first week of November, Garganera announced that the City had decided to use the Noah complex to house asymptomatic patients. (JJL)