By Jel Santos
The construction of additional emergency quarantine facilities by the local government of Makati City for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients started on Monday, April 13.
This was announced by Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay, saying such will augment the capacity of hospitals serving COVID-19 patients and persons under investigation (PUIs).
The city government said the additional facilities were built in partnership with several private sector donors such as WTA Architecture and Design Studio which created and designed the easy-to-build emergency facilities.
Three temporary structures will be built at Pembo Elementary School and one at the parking area of Ospital ng Makati, Binay said. Makati City said the construction of four quarantine facilities is expected to be completed “immediately.”
“We have built additional quarantine facilities to further augment the capacity of our public hospital. This is to ensure that we have enough facilities for our PUIs and to make sure that no people who are under quarantine will be forced to go home,” Binay said in a statement.
“We have taken strategic measures to battle this pandemic and flatten the curve of the virus. The city will continue to think of ways to make sure that every Makatizen is safe and healthy,” she continued.
According to the local government, the facilities are made of wooden frames and Polyethene sheets. Each houses 15 beds, sanitation and disinfection areas, a testing box, and a lounge for the nurses.
In February, the city converted the Makati Friendship Suites in Barangay Cembo into a quarantine facility to accommodate 100 PUIs. Moreover, the local government said barangay health centers have set up their own isolation areas for people exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.