Isko: Tondo HS quarantine opened

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno opens another quarantine facility for COVID patients. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE Tondo High School quarantine facility was opened today (May 21) by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, bringing to already 160 out of the targeted 400, the number of  total beds available for COVID-related cases in the city.

The said school houses 40 beds in addition to the already existing ones and is now ready to accept  patients, should the need arise.

Moreno assured that the building of additional quarantine facilities continues and is being done simultaneously in preparation for the possible increase in the number of COVID-19 cases which might happen with the gradual easing of regulations and once the city is placed under general community quarantine.

The mayor said the quarantine facilities will accommodate those who have tested positive in the continuing rapid tests, so far numbering a total of 36,065.

Those who were found positive will stay in the quarantine facility while awaiting swab test to confirm if they are indeed positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, two of the eight mobile analog x-ray machines ordered by the city government so that patients no longer need to go out out of their rooms to undergo x-ray, have already arrived and already dispatched to the Ospital ng Sampaloc where COVID cases are high and to the Sta. Ana Hospital which houses the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center (MIDCC) where COVID patients from the city are treated.

Moreno also said the construction of the city’s own PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing laboratory is being done round-the-clock.

The PCR test is so far one of the most accurate laboratory methods for detecting, tracking, and studying the coronavirus.

With the test lab in place, Moreno said efforts at conducting confirmatory tests in the city will be increased all the more.

“This is our long-term approach against COVID. Dahil milyon tayo, naisipan naming magtayo ng sariling PCR test lab pero bago tayo mag-construct ng pasilidad, nag-konsulta tayo sa DOH kaya maraming salamat sa DOH family,” Moreno said.

According to him, swab testing costs anywhere between nearly P5,000 and P8,000 each, which comes complete with the entire process up to the time that the final result is out.