Isko: Del Pan Evacuation Center ready to accept COVID-19 cases

Isko Moreno & Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan and chief of staff Cesar Chavez inspect the Del Pan Evacuation Center. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday said the Del Pan Evacuation Center in Tondo is now ready to augment the national government with regard to accepting COVID-19 related cases.

Accompanied by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan, Moreno had given instructions to those in charge of the said center to keep it in full and total readiness, while hoping that the cases, specially in Manila, will no longer increase.

Moreno also stated that the city government is ready to assist the Department of Health (DoH) in case the need arises or in whatever possible way it can, once it begins using the Rizal Coliseum.

Prior to this, Moreno had discussed with 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 persons under investigation (PUIs) --- now termed ‘probable’ cases—if and when 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.

Lacuna explained that while the Del Pan Evacuation Center has capacity for more, they have decided that only 56 PUIs will  be accommodated there so as to observe proper spacing. She said that the center will be amply equipped, along with enough number of staff composed of doctors, nurses and other staff.

Meanwhile, it was learned  from Moreno that preparations are also underway wherein even public schools in Manila will be made to accommodate PUIs in case the city hospitals run out of rooms.  This, he said, will mean an additional 5,000 rooms.

Much earlier on, Moreno and Lacuna opened at the Sta.Ana Hospital (District 6) the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center (MIDCC) where COVID-19 patients from Manila are now being treated.

The center is located at the tenth floor of the hospital and according to Moreno, the ninth floor can be converted as an extension of the center if needed.