By Jean Fernando
The Paranaque City government has converted the newly inaugurated Ospital ng Paranaque II (OSPARII), which is located in Barangay Don Bosco, into a treatment and quarantine facility for persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to Mar Jimenez, city public Information chief, Mayor Edwin Olivarez decided to utilize the hospital as an isolation area after the city recorded 141 PUI and 118 PUMs.
Jiminez said that PUIs and PUMs were currently being treated in private hospitals in the city.
The city epidemiologist, Dr. Darius Sebastian, was tasked by Olivarez to conduct checks on all patients that were being brought to the hospital to determine whether they have symptoms of the virus.
Jiminez said that Olivarez was continuing to monitor the hospital, especially the needs of the doctors and nurses, hospital staff and the patients confined to ensure they are safe from the virus.
He said that continuous disinfection is also being done in the hospital.
The city public information chief also said that Olivarez has ordered the initial allocation of 10 beds at OSPARII, with more at-the-ready for use.
Jimenez also said that posting of numbers afflicted with the coronavirus, and the number of PUI’s and PUM should serve as a wakeup call for city residents to follow the protocols set for by the enhanced community quarantine.
To avoid the spread of the virus, Olivarez also ordered the 16 barangay chairpersons in the city to place their their respective communities under total lockdown.