3 Manila residents recover, doc dies from COVID-19

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

THREE Manila residents who were treated for the novel coronavirus disease 2019 at the Manila Infectious Disease Center (MIDC) in Sta. Ana Hospital (SAH) were able to recover. On the other hand, a doctor residing and serving in Manila, also passed away due to COVID 19.

The mix of good and bad news was relayed by Mayor Isko Moreno, as he also broke the bad news that five more have been added to the number of COVID 19 positive cases in the city, while31 was added to the list of persons under investigation (PUIs).  This brings to 75 the total number of COVID patients and PUIs at 271.

​It was learned that Moreno had also directed SAH director Dr. Grace Padilla to prepare the said hospital for the possibility of more cases coming in, saying the tenth floor, which houses the MIDC, is almost full to the brim, just like other hospitals in the city. He said 33 additional rooms located at the ninth floor will be added to the MIDC to accommodate more COVID patients.

​The mayor also said he has already discussed with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is in charge of the six city-run hospitals being a doctor herself, the possibility of using the Del Pan Evacuation Center as a temporary holding area for PUIs in cases the hospitals in Manila, both private and public, can no longer take them in, in order to effectively isolate them from their families and avoid infection.

​Meanwhile, Moreno asked those who continue helping the city government to donate rice and canned goods instead of other kinds of food stuff, saying they are the most needed now.

The mayor said that while the city has no problem when it comes to the budget and plan since they were able to prepare way ahead for the worst scenario, the problem lies in the lack of enough supplies of food items since many are not able to report for work thus affecting production.

​‘Hinihingi ko ang inyong pasensiya at pang-unawa.. These are the things I am not in control of. Kahit di kami matulog kung nandiyan sa bodega naming (supplies), dadating sa bahay nýo.Dahil madami di nakakapasok so apektado ang production. These are the things for which this country is not ready. “The world is not ready,” he sighed.

​The mayor, in saying they need donations of rice and canned goods while awaiting the supplies they have ordered, assured that they have people doing the repacking of food items round-the-clock, adding that just like city officials, the employees comprising the skeletal force also rarely go home anymore.

Moreno himself is staying in his office in City Hall as part of the self-quarantine he had taken following interaction with MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia and a city department head who both were found positive for the virus.

​As of Tuesday night, Moreno said the city government had distributed a total of 153,450 food packs.  Of the number, the city got about 10,000 from the DSWD while 100,000 plus have come from the city.

The mayor admitted that the case of Manila is more difficult, considering how densely-populated it is, citing that the number of families per barangay reach up to thousands with one even having 24,000 families.