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San Juan expands Covid-19 facility 

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San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said the city now has 197 beds for coronavirus disease infected individuals at their facility attended 24 hours a day by doctors, nurses and other medical workers.

Zamora said at the start of the pandemic, the city government was quick to convert San Juan Medical Center (SJMC) into a COVID-19 facility, opening a 26-bed isolation ward and 17-bed isolation room.

He said the hospital’s bed capacity was expanded with the installation of a lightweight modular container van converted into an air-conditioned isolation room with 18 beds.    

The mayor said the hospital now has 10 ventilators, four of them new ones acquired by the city government last March to supplement the six that SJMC already has.

Zamora said 100 more beds for COVID-19-infected patients are at the San Juan COVID-19 Kalinga Center.

He said the The Kalinga Center, a joint project of the city government and the Alumni Association of Xavier School, was originally just an isolation facility for persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs), but with the increasing number of positive patients in Metro Manila it was converted into a treatment facility for asymptomatic and mild patients.

The San Juan National High School Annex Basketball court was also converted into a 36-bed isolation facility last March and used by the San Juan police, but with the increasing number of cases, the facility was converted for the use of city residents and not just by police personnel.

 In a push to encourage isolation in the city’s facilities instead of home quarantine where the risk is contagion to other members of the family, Zamora said all who enter any of the three isolation facilities will not be paying a single centavo as their medicines and board will be paid for by the city government.       

The mayor also said positive patients will receive P3,000 in financial assistance during their stay at the city’s isolation facilities while away from their families.  

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