IMUS, Cavite – The city government of Imus has formally opened a new isolation facility that can accommodate 584 patients amid the rising Covid-19 cases that prompted the national government to place Metro Manila and four nearby provinces — Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal under strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 29 to April 4.
“Isa na namang milestone ang ating nakamit sa ating laban kontra Covid-19 sa pagbubukas ng ating bagong Isolation Facility (We achieved another milestone in our fight against Covid-19 with the opening of our new isolation facility),” Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi said in a Facebook post after the ribbon cutting ceremony of the isolation facility in Barangay Palico IV here on March 28.
Maliksi said the 5-story, 141-room facility will accept asymptomatic and mild Covid-19 cases in the city.
“Habang naka-isolate ay makakatanggap ng pagkain, gamot, at iba pang medikal na serbisyo ang mga pasyente. Bahagi ito ng pagtugon ng pamahalaang lungsod sa paglobo ng bilang ng Covid-19 cases sa Imus (While they are in the isolation facility, the patients will receive food, medicines, and other medical services. It’s part of the city government’s response in the surge of Covid-19 cases in Imus),” Maliksi said.
According to a Philippine Information Agency report, the Ospital ng Imus (ONI) and the Medical Center Imus (MCI) announced their facilities have reached ‘full bed capacity’ as of March 27.
Due to this situation, hospital officials advised the public to seek treatment from other health care facilities within the city or in neighboring cities.
In his speech during the opening of isolation facility, Maliksi said the city government of Imus in collaboration with the Department of Health and the City Health Office has come up with four safe measures for the quick and safe administration of the city’s Covid-19 vaccination program.
The four measures include the vaccination site at the ONI where the official rollout of the vaccination was held; the Covid-19 Drive-Thru Vaccination Site at the Robinsons Place Imus; the Onsite Covid-19 Vaccination/Mobile Vaccine Clinic; and the upcoming conduct of house-to-house vaccination of residents who are not capable of being physically present at the vaccination centers.
Imus has so far recorded 3,971 Covid-19 cases, including 702 active cases with 516 infections recorded from March 7 to March 28. The city also logged 109 deaths.
The three barangays with highest active cases are Pasong Buaya 2 with 56 new infections; Buhay na Tubig with 43 and Carsadang Bago 2 with 40 active cases. (PNA)