Isko opens center for COVID-19 patients, PUIs in Sta Ana

Isko Moreno

THE city of Manila did another first.

The other night, Mayor Isko Moreno opened the ‘ManilaInfectious Disease Control Center’ which will exclusively handle coronavirus patients or those who may have contracted it.

Moreno said a portion of the Sta. Ana Hospital had been dedicated for the purpose, as part of the city government’s CODE-COVID 19 program.  CODE stands for contain and delay.

He said that once those who have the dreaded virus or suspected of having them are contained in one area, testing and treatment will be easier and the possibility of community transmission will be lessened, if not totally eliminated.

​Along with Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla, Mayor Moreno and Vice  Mayor Honey Lacuna formally opened the center which, they said, will have its own health personnel that will attend to the patients there only.  Padilla herself will be in charge of the center which is now operational and ready to accept patients.

​Lacuna said the center will also utilize separate elevators for patients and health personnel assigned there and that appropriate protective gear will be provided for them.

​Moreno thanked Padilla and city engineer Armand Andres ‘for finishing ahead of time.

‘Sa ating mga minamahal na frontliners, Dra. Nerissa Sesconat doctors, nurses at other medical staff of Sta. Ana Hospital at salahat ng madedestino sa ating infectious control center, alam ko pona hindi magiging madali ang inatang ko na trabaho sa inyo parabigyan ng agaran at sapat na medical attention ang mga magigingpasyente natin (COVID 19) na mga taga-lungsod.  Ngayon pa lamang, maraming salamat na sa inyo at sa inyong pamilya. Isasama namin kayo sa aming mga dalangin sa Panginoong Diyospara sa inyong kaligtasan at kalusugan,’ Moreno said.

As of Tuesday night, Moreno said that of the five persons under monitoring in Manila, four have been declared in stable condition while one continues to be monitored.

​Meanwhile, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Centerdirector Dr. Ted Martin said that dialysis treatment continues in the said hospital.

​Martin said that on orders of Moreno, the patients are being ferried to and from the hospital, using its four service vehicles.

​Also yesterday, Manila Disaster Risk Reduction ManagementCenter headed by Arnel Angeles said they have installed portable toilets (portalets) for the use of the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel manning checkpoints.