Ilocos Sur turns 12 container vans into COVID-19 isolation facilities
VIGAN CITY, June 21 (PIA) – The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS), through the PGIS COVID Action Center, has converted 12 container vans into isolation facilities which will accommodate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.
These container van facilities seek to separate the COVID-19 positive patients from the regular patients who are admitted in hospitals in the province.
Dr. Trina Tabboga-Talaga, chief of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang, said “We anticipated na baka magkaroon tayo ng surge ng mga pasyente kapag ma-lift ‘yung enhanced community quarantine noon kaya naisip natin na kailangan may paglalagyan ng mga positive at hindi pwedeng ihalo sa regular ward.”
The COVID-19 container van facilities are equipped with beds, air condition units and toilets.
These isolation units are situated at the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang (four units), Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Narvacan (six units), Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Salcedo (one unit), and Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Sta. Lucia (one unit).
At present, Ilocos Sur has two COVID-19 active cases – one each from Vigan City and Narvacan town.
As of 5:00 p.m. of June 20, the province has 40 suspect cases and 2,345 contacts.
Meanwhile, during the Laging Handa Network Briefing aired on Friday, Bohol Governor Arthur Yap revealed that the provincial government has procured a “containerized” polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratory.
He said the new containerized PCR laboratory, which is a mobile laboratory, is expected to be operational by July 15.
The containerized PCR laboratory is a set consisting of one 40-foot containerized lab and a 20-foot containerized lab that go together which will operate for 24 hours with a daily output capacity of 300 test results.
Governor Yap is hopeful that by that time the PCR laboratory of Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Medical Center Hospital will also become operational too.
He emphasized that the putting up of these laboratories would somehow address the confidence rate of both locals and the tourists themselves.
“That visitors must believe that Bohol has good medical protocols and policies to protect the people,” he said.
The Laging Handa Network Briefing airs from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Radyo Pilipinas on Mondays to Fridays hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.
The program can also be viewed at the Philippine Information Agency’s regional and provincial Facebook pages around the country. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)