Benguet to revert COVID facilities to original use
Some of the facilities used for Covid-19 in Benguet would be reverted to its original use as cases in the province is decreasing.
Gov. Melchor Diclas said the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force is now evaluating which among the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities would be maintained and those to be reverted to its original use.
Diclas said the provincial evacuation center in Wangal, La Trinidad which served as one of the TTMFs was already vacated and would be used for its intended purpose.
The TTMF at the Benguet State University dormitory was vacated and would undergo rehabilitation.
“BSU might need the dormitory once face-to-face classes would be allowed for college students,” Diclas said.
Diclas has thanked BSU for allowing the use of its dormitory, which was newly-built when the pandemic hit. It was first used as a TTMF to augment the facilities of the province to cater to Covid-19 patients.
Diclas said provincial training center in Wangal, which is also being used as a triage area especially for overseas workers, will be retained as a TTMF.
He said some active Covid-19 patients were allowed to be on home quarantine upon clearance by health workers.
Diclas said the contracts of various personnel who were hired specifically for Covid-19 response in the province were extended until June 2022.
These personnel include nurses, nursing aid, administrative aid, utility workers, and laboratory encoders for the molecular laboratory.
The 100 Covid-19 hired personnel will be detailed at Benguet General Hospital and as vaccinators in the ongoing vaccination drive.
The augmentation staff hired by the Department of Health would only be until Dec. 31.
The daily cases in the province the past weeks have gone down to an average of three cases and the active cases have not gone up to 30.
Since March 2020, the province has recorded of 22 active cases, 21,183 recoveries, 785 deaths and with a total of 21,990 confirmed cases. – Ofelia C. Empian