MANILA, Philippines – Three facilities being converted into quarantine sites for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are set to open this week, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said these facilities are the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and the World Trade Center.
Duque made the announcement during his visit to the sites on Monday morning.
The Health chief said the three community quarantine sites will initially admit COVID-19 positive patients with mild or no symptoms.
“This protocol may change depending on the number of patients under investigation (PUI) & person under monitoring (PUM). If a patient’s condition worsens, he or she will be rushed immediately to a hospital for proper management and treatment,” Secretary Duque said in a statement.
The DOH said the PICC can accommodate a maximum of 294 patients, while the World Trade Center and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex can admit 502 and 112 patients, respectively.
Duque said the PICC will be managed by the Philippine National Police Medical Corps, while the World Trade Center will be managed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“Both the PNP and AFP will supervise the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The DOH healthcare workforce will also be supporting these three quarantine facilities,” the DOH said.
The facilities are aimed at decongesting hospitals and containing the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus disease.
The conversion of the three quarantine facilities is a collaboration between government and private sector, composed of the DOH, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Bases Conversion Development Authority headed by Secretary Vince Dizon, who is also the Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, the agency added.
To date, the Philippines has recorded 3,660 confirmed cases with 163 fatalities and 73 total recoveries.