MABALACAT CITY -- A health facility at the New Clark City in Capas town is now ready to accept patients under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus disease or Covid-19.
According to Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan, the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) Polyclinic at the NCC will be exclusively used by PUIs from their town.
Catacutan, however, clarified that Covid-19 positive patients will not be treated at the UP-PGH in Capas but will be admitted to higher level hospitals designated by the Department of Health (DOH) instead.
“The UP-PGH in Capas has complete facilities but it will be only used as a quarantine area for local PUIs. Those who tested positive for Covid-19 will be admitted to DOH-accredited hospitals,” Catacutan said.
Catacutan thanked the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) for allowing the Capas local government unit to exclusively use the facility as a quarantine area for their PUIs.
Earlier, two batches of Filipinos from China and Japan were quarantined at the NCC. The second batch, about 440 repatriates from the MV Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, were discharged from NCC early this month.
The first batch were 30 Filipinos from Wuhan in the Province of Hubei. Two of them have tested positive of Covid-19.
The Athlete’s Village, a building inside NCC, was built for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. The national government decided to use it as a temporary quarantine area for Covid-19 PUIs.