By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
A building at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City, which was designated an isolation area for suspected and probable cases of persons with COVID-19, is now officially open after passing its second Department of Health inspection on May 13.
The Kanlungang Palma sa Panahon ng Pandemya (KaPPP) or Kanlungang Palma is a temporary quarantine unit for the UP Diliman community. It aims to cater to suspect and probable COVID-19 cases with mild symptoms and those who cannot be quarantined at home, while waiting for the results of their swab tests.
UP in a statement explained that only one patient can be accommodated per room, while the entire facility can only admit 26 patients at a time. This was lower than what was initially envisioned to be a 50-bed isolation unit.
It noted that patients who will be prioritized are those connected with the University or residing on campus.
Those coming from nearby barangays, however, may also be considered if they cannot be accommodated in other quarantine facilities within Quezon City.
For referrals who have not undergone COVID-19 testing, KaPPP also set up a swabbing booth in coordination with the Philippine Genome Center who will perform the RT-PCR test on the samples collected.
Likewise, the facility will only admit patients between 18 and 60 years old, with no co-existing illnesses, such as uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes or immunosuppressed conditions.
It added that it will not accept pregnant patients and walk-in patients.
The UP encouraged referring barangays or hospitals to make proper arrangements with the University’s Health Service ER by calling 8981-8500 local 111 for initial screening and instructions.
The admission at the KaPPP can be done from Monday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. #
Kanlungang Palma was established by the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy last April 17 with the approval of the UPD COVID-19 Task Force and in coordination with Act as One PH, a group of UP alumni and supporters.
The funds to run and maintain the facility are from Act as One PH and other UP supporters.
Kanlungang Palma will be in operation until July.