Church offers use of school to augment shortage in isolation facilities

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite May 3 (PIA) -- In the wake of the full use of the isolation facilities in Tanza town, the Catholic Church leaders here offered the St. Augustine National High School as additional temporary treament and monitoring facility for senior citizens and those who have comorbidities. 

This initiative of the parish leaders is a welcome measure to help with the current CoViD-19 emergency situation in the municipality.

"It is okay to use the school building since classes are still online," the parish priest said.

It is also unfortunate that the isolation facilities that cater to mild and asymptomatic cases now had to treat patients with pneumonia.

Department of Health (DOH) 4-A Isolation Physician, Dr. Lani Patacsil reported, "Ang dami daming cases ng may pneumonia para nang hospital ang setting ngayon, wala na kaming choice. Dyan na nagaganap ang gamutan."

(There are numerous cases with pneumonia that it is like a hospital setting now, we don't have a choice. Treatment is being done there.)

Moreover, hospitals could not immediately accommodate admissions with patients' waiting list reaching up to a hundred because of the rate of infection of the disease.

According to Rural Health Officer Dr. Ruth Punzalan, a sad and unfortunate reality is that patients with moderate, severe or critical symptoms who needed to be admitted in the hospital succumb to the disease at home before they could even be hospitalized.

Punzalan calls on the public to help with the project thru donations of hospital beds, oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, and other useful medical equipment.

The project for the conversion of the school building into isolation facility is a partnership between LGU Tanza, the DOH, and other civic organizations which is targeted to be opened this month of May. (Ruel Francisco with reports from Balitang Tanze├▒o FB Live) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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