Sen. Ralph Recto (left) accepts the symbolic key from DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Dr. Ed Janairo at the turnover rites of the 128-bed Lipa Isolation Facility. Looking on is Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa (right).
Text by Glen Ramos / Photos by Ramir Dela Cruz & BENJAMIN CUARESMA
LIPA City, Batangas — The Department of Health-Calabarzon and local government officials of the province yesterday officially opened the quarantine facility for Covid-19 patients located at the Lipa Academy of Sports, Culture, and Arts (LASCA) besides KLL in Barangay Dagatan, Lipa City, Batangas.
“The quarantine/isolation facility will complement the results of the Red Cross’ testing laboratory in the city because once you are found out to be positive, the local government can isolate you immediately and place you in quarantine so as not to infect others and spread the virus,” DOH Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said following the ribbon cutting and turn-over ceremony of the Lipa City Quarantine Facility on Friday, October 2, 2020.
“Ang importante ay mahinto ang pagkalat ng covid sa komunidad. Our goal of establishing quarantine and isolation facilities in every province/municipality is to slow the spread of the virus para yung mga taong nangangailangan ng medical attention will not overwhelm the hospitals in the area at dito natin sila aalagaan at ilalagay,” Janairo added.
The quarantine/isolation facility has 128 isolation rooms that will be used for COVID-19 patients.
The provincial government of Batangas is now discouraging home quarantine and will be implementing an ordinance to discontinue with the practice and will provide more facilities that will be used for isolation of patients found positive of the virus.
As of October 1, 2020, Batangas has a total of 7,015 Covid-19 cases including 3,985 recoveries with 173 deaths.
Active cases are now 2,857. (IAm)