Port terminals turned into isolation centers

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    Port of Capinpin quarantine facilty.

    State-run Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) yesterday said it has converted two port terminals into isolation facilities to help the medical community accommodate and treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.

    PPA said Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in Pier 15, Manila and Port Capinpin in Orion, Bataan isolation facilities are targeted to be operational today, April 9.

    The two facilities – established through the generous donation of the Lopez Group of Companies – are currently being managed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Maritime Sector.

    The move aims to immediately respond to the urgent need for hospitals and other medical facilities, which are now full with COVID-19 patients being treated.

    The Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in Pier 15 was converted into a COVID-19 Treatment Facility equipped with medical requirements for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The facility has been turned over by the PPA to the Philippine Coast Guard in April last year.

    It has a total of 211 cubicles distributed in different zones to accommodate patients with mild, advance and severe COVID-19 infections. The facility is also equipped with hospital beds, portable toilets, cargo containers for showers and open-air dining facilities.

    Meanwhile, the Port Capinpin quarantine facility will also be converted into an isolation facility for COVID-19 patients.

    The quarantine facility, formally commissioned in October 2020, was initially intended to accommodate seafarers participating in crew change activities, returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) as well as non-OFWs.

    It has a 124-bed capacity which includes 25 cubicles intended for high-risk individuals and separated by a fully-equipped nurse station. Also, two rooms with 12 bunk beds each are allotted for medical frontliners.

    In a meeting with the Task Group on Isolation/Quarantine facilities headed by Vince Dizon, National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer, concerned agencies including the DOTr and PPA have agreed that the Department of Health will provide the manpower and equipment needed for the operations of the said isolation facilities.

    Series of inspections are also being conducted to determine the requirements for the conversion. – Myla Iglesias