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Manilans Assured of Covid Care Despite Closure of Field Covid Hospital

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna assures Manilans that those who will get infected with COVID will continue to be taken care of despite the closure of the COVID field hospital. .(JERRY S. TAN)

MAYOR Honey Lacuna assured Manilans who will get infected with COVID-19 that they still have places to go to, even if the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital had been shut down.

This, as she advised arriving overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to coordinate with the Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ) if and when they test positive for COVID-19, saying the city of Manila no longer has a COVID hospital to offer.

Lacuna announced that the use of the Burnham Green in front of the Quirino Grandstand as a site for the said hospital has not been extended by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC).

The lady mayor said that before it ceased operations on October 31, the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital had actually been accommodating mostly non-Manilans and OFWs who get infected with the coronavirus.

There, they get totally free accommodation, daily meals and treatment under the stewardship of hospital director Dr. Arlene Dominguez until they get well.

The said hospital, built with the use of container vans, was used solely for asymptomatic COVID patients or those with mild symptoms at the height of the pandemic.

Lacuna said that based on a report from Dominguez, the last day that the said hospital accepted COVID patients was on October 20.

“Ang aming pong pasasalamat sa NPDC sa pagbibigay sa amin ng pagkakataong makapaglingkod sa pamamaraan po ng ating ospital sa inyo pong lugar, Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyo,” she said.

The mayor meanwhile allayed the possible fears of Manilans who think they would no longer have a hospital that would take care of them if they get infected with COVID-19.

“Kung natatakot kayo na wala na kayong mapupuntahan, bukas pa rin ang ating anim na ospital at isang quarantine facility sa MLQU sa Quiapo. Mananatili itong bukas pero para sa taga-Maynila na lamang po,” she said.

According to Lacuna, ample staff and facilities have been put in the said quarantine facility to cater to asymptomatic and mild cases.

She said that the staff and equipment of the COVID hospital have been distributed to the various city-run hospitals while the container vans may be used for other purposes that will still be beneficial to the city.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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