New Covid-19 strategy

April 19, 2020

They make it sound and look so simple. But is it?

Just enumerate the steps and make the people believe. Easy.

Given some patients recover, but how high is the recovery rate?  

And what is trh standard cure?

On the prevention side, there is still no vaccine in sight.

Just tell them anyway: The government’s strategy to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 is to “locate, isolate and cure” suspected patients, Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and chiefe executive officer Vince Dizon said.

The so the guy is a health/medical expert now?

“The quarantine facilities are included in the second part of the isolation system),” Dizon said..

The presidential adviser for flagship programs and projects, said the system should be implemented effectively to control the spread of the coronavirus.   

The National Task Force Covid-19 led by chief implementer and Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., and the Department of Public Works and Highways led by Secretary Mark Villar have been leading the efforts to convert facilities into quarantine centers to reduce the community spread of Covid-19, and to decongest hospitals and save more lives.

“We Heal As One Centers” in the National Capital Region include the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila, and the Philippine International Convention Center Forum Halls and the World Trade Center in Pasay. 

Also being converted are the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, the PhilSports Arena or ULTRA in Pasig, and the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.

In Pampanga and Tarlac, two major facilities were converted by the government into We Heal As One Centers for Covid-19-positive patients. 

These are the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark, and the New Clark City Government Center in Capas, Tarlac, which can accommodate a combined total of more than 800 patients.

The 525-room New Clark City Athletes’ Village can also accommodate suspected and probable cases.

Dr. Jay Rivera, Pampanga provincial medical consultant, said the converted facilities in Clark are “very, very adequate” in accordance with the “locate, isolate and cure” strategy.

“When they are positive of Covid-19, we will isolate them and if it progressed, we have hospitals on standby for the ‘cure’,” he said. 

All the We Heal As One Centers have air-conditioned cubicles with plug-in outlets, free food for patients and the medical staff, free internet connection, and round-the-clock medical assistance.

Meanwhile, the number of people who recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to increase with a total of 516 as of April 18, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Saturday.

Of the total recoveries, 29 were newly registered.

 Meanwhile, the death toll is 397 with 10 new deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.

"As of 4 p.m. today, April 18, 2020, the Department of Health reports 209 new cases (PH5879-PH6087) of Covid-19. The total number of cases in the country is now at 6,087," the agency said.

In a separate bulletin, the DoH announced that one laboratory has been accredited for Covid-19 testing.

"As of April 18, 2020, we have 17 Licensed Laboratories in the country that are capable of conducting Real-Time RT-PCR for Covid-19! DOH continues to strengthen the testing capabilities of different laboratories across the country," it said.