ZAMBOANGA CITY – As the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) and its mutations continue to wreak havoc in Southern Philippines, more and more isolation facilities are new constructed to prepare for the worst attack of the strain.
In Zamboanga City, a mega isolation facility worth P120-million is expected to be completed this month, reports reaching MDNN said yesterday.
Dr. Elmer Jade Apolinario, chief of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said in a statement that the isolation facility was constructed many months ago inside the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority in Barangay Talisayan.
Dr Apolinario said the isolation facility is now 70 percent complete.
The covid isolation facility has 320 beds and all are fully airconditioned, the biggest since the convention center in Barangay Pasonanca was converted into a 175-bed quarantine facility in Zamboanga City.
The doctor said once the buildings are operational, the city will have around 2,000 bed capacity for Covid-19 cases, which also includes the city’s village isolation facilities.
The local task force on Covid-19 chief implementer added: “These isolation facilities are needed in case there will be a spike of Covid-19 cases brought about by the Delta variant.”
To date, Zamboanga City has recorded 123 covid cases, and 37 of them are admitted in hospitals while the remaining 86 are confined in the city’s isolation facilities, it was learned. – PNA