Bataan Port in­creases quar­an­tine ca­pac­ity

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - WAR ON COVID - BY JONAS REYES

MARIVELES, Bataan — The Author­ity of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) has in­creased the ca­pac­ity of its quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity (QF) to cope with the in­creas­ing num­ber of coro­n­avirus dis­ease (COVID-19) cases in its lo­cal­ity.

AFAB ad­min­is­tra­tor Em­manuel Pineda dis­closed that the QF was tem­po­rar­ily closed down to give way to im­prove­ments to ac­com­mo­date more bed spa­ces.

The QF now has a 52-bed ca­pac­ity in its Build­ing 1 wherein 12 of the rooms are for women while 14 rooms are for men. Each room fits two beds, a ta­ble and chairs, sink, com­fort room, and elec­tric fan for proper ven­ti­la­tion.

Ini­tially built for Freeport Area of Bataan work­ers and their res­i­dents, the said fa­cil­ity will now also cater to Mariveles res­i­dents where they will be at­tended by a doc­tor, four nurses and four nurs­ing at­ten­dants.

Only pa­tients who are asymp­to­matic with aged 18 to 59 will be ac­cepted in the QF. Those with more se­ri­ous or se­vere symp­toms of the vi­ral res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease, pa­tients with co­mor­bidi­ties, or pa­tients with spe­cial med­i­cal needs are ad­vised to be ad­mit­ted in hos­pi­tals more ca­pa­ble of han­dling their needs.

The Philip­pine Red Cross (PRC) has al­ready pro­vided the fa­cil­ity with toi­letries for the pa­tients who will oc­cupy the QF while pa­tients are re­quired to bring their per­sonal items like clothes for good for 14 days, masks, face shields, pil­lows, blan­kets, and kitchen uten­sils.

Other fa­cil­i­ties Mariveles is uti­liz­ing are the Eco­nomic Hous­ing Build­ing of AFAB in Si­tio Kara­gatan of Barangay Alas Asin, and the Lla­mas El­e­men­tary School and Mariveles Na­tional High School-Alasasin.

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