The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Friday, conducted a routine inspection of the Alonte Sports Arena Coliseum in Binan City, Laguna, one of the government facilities converted into a mega quarantine facility by the Department of Public Works and Highways.
“We have to ensure that essential medicines and medical supplies are available like swab test kits, face masks and also to make sure that our health workers are also safe and secure by having complete supplies of personal protective equipments (PPEs) for their use,” Department of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque stated during their visit to the facility.
The Alonte Sports Complex is equipped with nursing stations, sanitation chambers, and designated storage areas as requirement with the government’s effort to ensure additional provisional hospitals COVID-19 patients in the provinces, particularly the province of Laguna which has the highest recorded number of positive cases in the region with 2,036 and 66 deaths as of July 25, 2020.
The inspection team was led by DOH Sec. Francisco Duque, Office of the Civil Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, IATF Chief Implementer Sec. Galvez, DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo Janairo and Binan City Mayor Arman Dimaguila.
“Our priority and commitment are to protect everyone’s health, that is why it is best to stay at home, especially for our senior citizens including children who are among the persons at risk of acquiring the coronavirus. Ugaliin napo natin ang pagsusuot ng face mask, paghuhugas ng kamay at laging gawin ang social distancing dahil hindi tayo nakakasiguro kung sino ang may covid o wala,” Regional Director Janairo reminded the public.
The Alonte Sports Complex is one of the 11 facilities converted as mega quarantine centers in the country. Among the others were the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, World Trade Center, Philippine International Convention Center, Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Philippine Sports Complex/Ultra Stadium, Asean Convention Center, New Clark City-National Government Administrative Center, Philippine Arena, Filinvest Tent, University of the Philippines Mindanao Multipurpose Building Human Kinetics Building, and Davao City Sports Complex.
It has a 68-bed capacity and will cater to patients coming from Laguna and nearby provinces of CALABARZON. The facility opened on May 25, 2020.
The AITF-EID group also visited Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, one of the COVID referral hospitals in the province which can accommodate up to 12 mild cases of COVID-19. The hospital has added additional 31 inpatient and 8 ICU beds exclusive for COVID-19 patients.