LGU Imus City opens Isolation Facility to decongest full bed capacity of hospitals

IMUS, Cavite Mar. 29 (PIA) --The city government here has formally opened on March 28, the St. Dymphna Isolation Facility in Barangay Palico IV in response to the alarming rise in the number of CoViD-19 cases in the city.

During the blessing and inauguration of the facility, Mayor Maliksi said, the facility presents two basic advantages. The facilitly offers a comfortable and conducive place to isolate asymptomatic and mild cases for residents who could not afford proper home quarantining, and decongest the hospital's full bed capacity as it will serve as a step-down facility where convalescing CoViD-19 patients can continue the treatment and care until they are fully recovered.

"This way the hospitals can accommodate other patients with moderate and severe symptoms who will be needing immediate medical attention and treatment," added Maliksi.

The 5-storey, 141 room facility can accommodate more than 500 patients (Suspect, Probable or Confirmed) who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms of the disease.

Patients will be provided food, medicines, and proper medical care thus, the use of the facility will mitigate the chances of the further spread of the infection since the said CoViD-19 cases are limited within the confines of the facility.

Consequently, the Ospital ng Imus (ONI) and the Medical Center Imus (MCI) announced their facilities have reached 'full bed capacity' with the emergency room and CoVid ward of the latter health facility in full capacity as of March 27, 2021.

Due to this situation, hospital officials advised the public to seek treatment from other health care facilities within the city or in neighboring cities.

During his speech, Maliksi shared the LGU in collaboration with the DOH and the City Health Office developed four safe measures for the quick and safe administration of the CoViD-19 vaccines.

First, the vaccination site at the Ospital ng Imus where the official rollout of the vaccination was held, second, the CoViD-19 Drive-Thru Vaccination Site at the Robinson's Place Imus, and third, the Onsite CoViD-19 Vaccination/Mobile Vaccine Clinic, and lastly, the upcoming conduct of house-to-house vaccination of residents who are not capable of being physically present at the vaccination centers.

Maliksi said, "Ang kulang na lang po ay ang mga bakuna upang makamit natin ang sinasabing 'herd immunity' at mapagtagumpayan natin ang laban sa CoViD-19. Hinihimok ko rin ang mga pamunuan ng ating karatig bayan kung kailangan nila ang tulong para sa pagpapabakuna ng kanilang mga frontliners ay maaari nilang magamit ang CoViD-10 Vaccination sites."

City Administrator Emoy Francisco, DOH DMO-IV Dr. Armida Calvelo-Camposagrado, City Health Officer Dr. Randy Calingasan, President of the St. Dymphna Isolation Facility Mr. Jacky Castro Chan, and Imus Chinese Community Liaison Officer Ms. Bea Tan attended the significant event. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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