Fort Magsaysay quarantine facility eyed to be operational next week

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija — National Task Force Against COVID-19 eyes to make operational next week a portion of the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center inside Fort Magsaysay into a quarantine facility for COVID-19 positive patients.

National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Deputy Chief Implementer and Testing Czar Secretary Vince Dizon, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Health Undersecretary and Treatment Czar Leopoldo Vega inspected the area Friday.

It has about 500 spacious air-conditioned rooms, 478 of which will be allotted for COVID-19 positive patients while 44 will be for the medical staff. The facility will be manned by the Bureau of Quarantine. 

Patients will be provided 24/7 medical care and assistance, free meals, and free WiFi connection. 

The government has converted major facilities into quarantine centers for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms and those who are asymptomatic to avoid congesting hospitals, and to prevent transmission of the virus in the communities. 

Public Works and Highways Secretary and Isolation Czar Mark Villar earlier reported that there are 52,223 beds in Ligtas-COVID Centers, and 3,193 beds in We Heal As One Mega Ligtas Centers. 

Villar also said the government will be putting up 50 additional quarantine facilities in the next three weeks. 

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