May 30, 2023

The country has enough isolation centers and quarantine facilities for Covid-19 patients, National Policy Against Covid-19 deputy chief implementer, Sec. Vince Dizon said.

Dizon, also the country’s testing czar, said the Department of Public Works and Highways is building more quarantine facilities to isolate more Covid-19 patients.

The government is also working on the deployment of doctors and nurses to these newly built isolation facilities, he said.

Dizon said the move is part of government efforts to improve the country’s capability to isolate more patients away from their communities, as it expects a surge in Covid-19 cases after the holiday season.

He cited the importance of testing and detection strategies to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

While noting the huge improvement in the country’s testing capacity, Dizon reminded anew the public not to be complacent because the virus is still there.

He added that the government is ready to address a possible surge in Covid-19 cases.

Dizon said the government’s Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) strategy provided a significant drop in the number of Covid-19 infected individuals in the middle of July and August.

He also urged the public to continue adhering to the minimum health standards including wearing of face mask and face shield, regular hand washing, as well as observing physical distancing.

He cited the vital role of the local government units to effectively slow down the spike of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Apart from the LGUs’ efficient role to contain the Covid-19 cases in their own localities, Dizon said the LGUs could also be an effective partner of the national government once the Covid-19 vaccination will roll out in the country.

Dizon reminded the public to keep safe from risks of Covid-19 infection, particularly during the holiday season. – PNA release