NAVOTAS City Mayor Toby Tiangco admitted that new patients found positive for coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 were brought to other facilities outside the city after their own community isolation facilities (CIF) exceeded the capacity to care for other patients.
Mayor Tiangco said two of their isolation facilities, the Navotas National High School (NNHS) and the Navotas Polytechnic College (NPC), are both stretched to its limits after active cases of COVID-19 in the city reaches at 502 as of Saturday.
He however explained that the ideal ratio of population set forth by the Department of Health (DOJ) was 2,500:1 meaning that every isolation facility must have one bed for every 2,500 residents.
Mayor Tiangco said that since Navotas had 250,000 residents, the required number of beds for their CIF must be 100 beds and because their two isolation facilities have a total of 210 beds, they exceeded the requirement set forth by the DOH.
However, due to the sudden increase of number of cases of COVID-19 in the city, the city’s two isolation facilities reached its limit which prompted Mayor Tiangco to send new patients found positive for the deadly virus to hospitals and isolation facilities outside Navotas.
“Makakaasa naman po kayo na maaalagaan po silang mabuti doon dahil mga doktor at health workers din naman po ang mag-aasikaso sa kanila,” Mayor Tiangco assured families of COVID-19 patients.
He again reiterated his reminder to Navotenos to protect themselves against the virus and avoid being complacent and always follow the guidelines set forth by the government.