Ecija medical frontliners given temporary refuge

CABANATUAN CITY – Medical front liners in Nueva Ecija who are working here will be given temporary refuge away from home at a local hotel after their respective daily hospital duties, it was learned today.

Atty. Jomar San Pedro, provincial tourism officer and member of the provincial inter-agency task force on COVID-19, bared that Village Inn Hotel here, owned by the prominent Veneracion family has given the go-signal to use their facility for the purpose.

"Hindi nagdalawang isip ang may-ari ng Village Inn Hotel-Cabanatuan na pumayag ipagamit ang kanilang pasilidad upang matulungan ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan na ang hangad ay para sa kabutihan ng mga medical workers na mabigyan sila ng pansamantalang matutuluyan matapos ang kanilang duty sa ospital," said San Pedro.

Aside from giving them free accommodation and "MalasaKits" hygiene kits, he said the healthcare workers need not worry anymore of their breakfast before going to work because the provincial government will also shoulder this.

San Pedro advised front liners to immediately coordinate with them and the Department of Health-Nueva Ecija to avail of the free hotel accommodation.

This bit of good news amid the nationwide COVID-19 crisis came as Gov. Aurelio M. Umali announced that the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology has also formally agreed to use as a quarantine facility for Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) their two buildings here.

Also to be used as an extension ward of the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center for PUIs here is the provincial government-operated Nueva Ecija Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Palayan City.