Isko, Honey bring 2 COVID-19 patients to Rizal Coliseum; Manila starts testing of at least 1K residents per week

Isko Moreno & Dr. Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor, Dr. Honey Lacuna (left) inspect the Rizal Coliseum yesterday where they brought two COVID-19 patients from Manila. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MAYOR Isko Moreno yesterday announced that the city government has begun testing over the weekend at least 1,000 residents per week in an effort to prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 in various communities in Manila.

Also yesterday, Moreno and Vice Mayor, Dr. Honey Lacuna brought to the Rizal Coliseum two COVID-19 patients from Manila.  The site was among those designated by the Department of Health (DOH) as a quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients and it began accepting such cases yesterday.

It was learned from Lacuna that the mass testing kits to be used in the city were obtained by the city government of Manila through the help of the Department of Health (DOH) and the UP-Philippine General Hospital, which had been designated by the DOH as among the hospitals to handle COVID-19 cases.

According to Lacuna, who supervises the city-run hospitals being a doctor herself, the Gat San Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, Justice Abad Santos General Hospital and Ospital ng Maynila can conduct testing and then refer to the MEOC for possible accomodation at the Delpan quarantine facility from where they can either be brought to the Rizal Coliseum,  Sta. Ana Hospital or PGH.

Lacuna thus explained the process: ‘Kapag Probable’ (may symptoms or direct exposure to someone na positive but not yet tested),  kailangan itawag sa Manila emergency operation center (MEOC).  Ang MEOC ang magde-decide kung kailangang ilipat sa Delpan Quarantine Facility.  Sila din ang kukuha sa patient.  Sa Delpan sila i-swab/test and they will stay there until lumabas ang results. Kapag negative pwede na sila pauwiin. Kapag positive i-refer sila sa Rizal Coliseum (if with no symptoms), sa Sta. Ana (if with mild symptoms) and sa PGH (if with moderate to severe symptoms).’

Meanwhile, she said that those who will get tested are walk-in patients with symptoms as well as hospital personnel with direct exposure to positive cases.

Moreno said the following health facilities operated by the city government are capable of conducting about 182 COVID-19 swab tests per day, or 1,274 per week: MHD/Delpan Quarantine Facility — 50 tests per day; Ospital ng Maynila — 20 tests per day; Sta. Ana Hospital/MIDCC — 30 tests per day; Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center — 50 tests per day; Ospital ng Tondo — 17 tests per day and Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital — 15 tests per day.

As of yesterday, the city has already conducted  934 swab tests, broken down as follows: Sta Ana Hospital/MIDCC — 451 tests; Manila Health Department — 190 tests; Ospital ng Maynila — 106 tests; Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center — 55 tests; Ospital ng Tondo — 30 tests; Ospital ng Sampaloc — 44 tests and Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital — 40 tests.

Moreno meanwhile, continued appealing to residents to strictly observe the enhanced community quarantine and social distancing being required for everybody’s safety.

He lamented that in Manila, Sampaloc and Tondo continue to top the list of areas with COVID-19 cases, as he appealed for public cooperation to ensure the success of what the national government and city government are doing to contain and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.