CALOOCAN CITY, April 8 (PIA) -- Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago today said they will be converted their existing quarantine facilities into isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients amid the recent surge in infections experienced in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces.
"Recognizing the need to augment our current health care system, ..[we] wasted no time to work on the conversion of existing PPA quarantine facilities into isolation centers," Santiago said.
"Two existing quarantine facilties of the Department of Transportation and PPA shall be converted into Isolation Facilities for patients who tested positive for COVID-19," he added.
"We need to extend healp to our healthcare facilities. Gusto nating matulungan ang mga healthcare workers natin, maging ang ating mga kababayanna tinamaan ng COVID," he further said.
The Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in Pier 15 , which was converted into a COVID-19 Treatment Facility equipped with medical requirements for treatment of COVID-19 patients, has a total of 211 cubicles, distributed in different zones to accommodate patients with mild, advanced, and severe COVID-19 infections.
The facility is also equipped with hospital beds, portable toilets, cargo containers for showers, and open-air dining facilities.
Meanwhile, the Port Capinpin Quarantine Facility in Orion, Bataan has a 124-bed capacity, which encompasses 25 cubicles intended for high-risk individuals, and separated by a fully-equipped Nurse Station.
Further, two rooms with 12 bunk beds each are also allotted for medical frontliners.
The initial commissioning of Eva Macapagal Super Terminal and the Port of Capinpin as quarantine facilities was undertaken through the donation made by the Lopez Group of Companies.
"Slated to be operational by 09 April 2021, with stringent health and safety protocols in place, the isolation facilities are now ready to serve the needs of our kababayans," Santiago said. (PIA NCR)