ANOTHER coronavirus disease (Covid-19) first response infirmary will be established soon, after the one at the SHS-Ateneo de Cebu along General Maxilom Ave. is completed. It will be at the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) grounds in Mabolo, Cebu City.
The Regional Development Council 7 Chairman Kenneth Cobonpue said the IEC infirmary, which will be completed in a month, will complement the Bayanihan Cebu Center in Ateneo de Cebu as a facility for mildly symptomatic persons who cannot be quarantined at home.
The plan is to install 100 beds in the Ateneo infirmary, and right now, Cobonpue said they already have 40 beds.
There will be 20 beds each for the yellow zone and red zone.
The yellow zone is for patients under investigation (PUIs) who are presumed to be positive but only with mild to moderate symptoms and do not need hospitalization while awaiting the Covid-19 confirmatory testing results.
The red zone is for patients who tested positive for Covid-19.
Cobonpue said that they will place 40 portalets in the facility.
He added that they have employed 80 nurses and 30 doctors to attend to the patients.
The nurses will receive P500 per day, and on top of that, the Cebu City government will give an additional P500 per day, according to Cobonpue.
As to the IEC infirmary, he said that hiring of nurses is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, Dr. Shawn Espina, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce Incident Commander for the private sector, said that a quarantine center will soon rise on Block 27, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.
The center will cater to 300 patients and house individuals with mild or moderate Covid-19 symptoms. (KFD)