A quarantine facility for cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and an off-site dormitory for healthcare workers were recently completed in Iloilo City, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Monday.
The 16-bed quarantine facility was built in Barangay Sooc, Arevalo district in Iloilo City but it will cater to patients from Jaro district.
“With the additional healthcare facility, some of the COVID-19 cases in Jaro district can now be transferred for better accommodation,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.
It has 16 air-conditioned rooms, each equipped with one bed and a comfort room. The facility has a nurse station and a sanitation area.
An off-site dormitory was also constructed within the compound. It also has 16 air-conditioned rooms with two beds and a comfort room, accommodating a total of 32 medical frontliners in the city.
The facility is also provided with an air-conditioned lobby with living and dining areas, as well as kitchen, laundry room, and sanitary area equipped with necessary amenities.
“Both facilities have generators set to ensure uninterrupted power supply and for emergency situations preventing any electrical disruption that may be critical to medical professionals’ COVID-19 response,” the secretary said.
The facility was recently turned over to the city government of Iloilo and to its local health unit.
According to Villar, five more healthcare facilities both for Iloilo City and Iloilo province are expected to be turned over soon to the local government units.
These facilities include isolation facilities and off-site dormitories in Lapaz, Iloilo City and at the Western Visayas Sanitarium in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo; and off-site dormitories at Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial District Hospital in Lambunao, Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan, and at the Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.