Zamora urges COVID-positive patients to have themselves admitted into quarantine facility
CALOOCAN CITY, July 18 (PIA) — San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora is urging residents who are COVID-19 positive patients, whether asymptomatic or not, to have themselves admitted into any of the quarantine facilities build by the local government to prevent further contagion spread.
“We are encouraging our constituents who are COVID-19 positive to have themselves admitted into any of our three isolation facilities. Their admission will mean that there will be no chance to transmit the virus to their family members and loved ones in their homes and their communities,” Mayor Zamora explained.
“We want to assure the San Juaneños that the city will look after them, and make sure they recover from the virus. We are exerting all efforts so that COVID-19 patients in San Juan will have a good experience while they are confined in our medical facilities,” he added.
To curb COVID-19 transmission, the local government has been beefing its health care facilities, imposing strict compliance to minimum health standards, inspecting business establishments for their health protocols compliance, educating its constituents on the threat of the virus, and strengthening localized lockdown.
Zamora said he wanted to reduce the number of new infections, and with the people’s proactive participation and compliance, ultimately defeat COVID-19.
On Wednesday the mayor visited the city’s three upgraded isolation COVID-19 facilities: the San Juan Medical Center, the Kalinga Center and the San Juan National High School Annex Basketball Court.
The isolation facilities can accommodate 197 positive cases with a 24-hours healthcare personnel attending.
To defray healthcare cost, however, the city government earlier promised free hospitalization, P3,000 financial assistance, free food and free wifi,
“Not a single centavo will be paid to San Juaneños those who will be taken in,” Zamora said.
At the start of the pandemic, San Juan City was quick to convert its San Juan Medical Center (SJMC), a primary care hospital, into a COVID-19 facility with the opening of a 26-bed isolation ward and 17 isolation rooms.
The hospital’s bed capacity was expanded with the installation of lightweight, modular container vans converted into air-conditioned isolation rooms with 18 beds.
SJMC now has 10 ventilators with four (4) new ones acquired by the city in March. The city government will will shoulder all cost of patients in the said hospital.
Another facility, the San Juan COVID-19 Kalinga Center, formerly the San Juan National High School Annex Basketball Court was converted into a 36-bed isolation facility last March, has been added 100 beds. (PIA NCR)