Another isolation facility for COVID-19 patients is being constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that another 32 isolation rooms will be available once the second project is completed.
“Even if we may have flattened the curve of infections in the past months, there is no telling when a surge of new cases may come again. These facilities have to be ready,” he added.
Leonardia thanked the national government, through the DPWH, for providing these facilities to Bacolod.
Similar to the first facility, which was inaugurated in October last year, the latest project is comprised of two sets of 16 rooms, or a total of 32 rooms, situated adjacent to the first 32-room structure.
The rooms are furnished with individual air conditioners and comfort rooms, a nurse’s station, a utility room, separate medical staff quarters with comfort rooms for male and female, sanitation area, water tanks, and stand-by generator.
Once completed, Bacolod will already have two isolation facilities with a total of 64 rooms built by the DPWH in the amount of P50 million.
“This will go a long way towards the care of mild to moderate cases and allow our hospitals to admit more of the severe cases that truly need intensive medical attention,” Leonardia said.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center Task Force reminded Bacolodnons to seek immediate medical attention once they have symptoms of COVID-19.
Early detection is an important step in curbing the spread of infection by isolating the positive patient throughout the incubation period of the virus, it said in a statement.
The EOC-TF said the Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient Center offers both free consultation and swab test for those who have the symptoms.
The public need not be afraid or hesitant in seeking consultation since not everyone who has symptoms test positive for Covid-19, it added.
Data showed that only 10 out of 170 persons swabbed at the BRO Center from January 18 to 31 turned out positive, or an equivalent of 5.88 percent.
Also, the EOC-TF recorded only a 1.76-percent positivity rate or eight positive cases out of 455 individuals tested as of Jan. 31.
The Department of Health-Western Visayas case bulletin on Feb. 4 showed that Bacolod has logged 5,772 total cases, of which 5,480 have already recovered. It has 108 active cases, and 184 deaths. – NLG