Pampanga opens additional COVID-19 isolation facility in NCC

CAPAS, TARLAC- The provincial government of Pampanga has opened the 327-bed isolation facility of the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) at New Clark City (NCC).

The NGAC facility will be used to accommodate more Kapampangan patients with coronavirus (COVID-19).

This came as more COVID-19 patients are recorded in the province. As of this date, Pampanga has registered 818 Covid-19 positive on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test. Of which, 417 are pending; 373 recovered and 28 died.

According to Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda, the provincial government rented NGAC after the Athletes Village in NCC and Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPMMH) isolation facilities had reached their full capacity. 

“This is a joint project of the provincial government of Pampanga with BCDA (Bases Conversion Development Authority) and Alloy MTD. Sa current situation natin, mabilis ang increase ng cases natin and ito ang mabilis na available na facility,“ the governor said.

Governor Pineda said the community isolation facilities established by the local government units were not also enough to address the recent surge of COVID-19 patients in the province. 

“Due to the recent influx of COVID-19 positive cases sa province, kinakapos tayo ng mga isolation facilities. Nag-effort naman ang mga LGUs to set up their own community isolation facilities, but these are not enough. Kaya we are doing all possible means to keep the people healthy and safe from the threat of the virus, “he said 

Dr. Dax Tidula, incident commander of the facility, meanwhile assured that the quarantine facility will be manned by doctors, nurses, and other personnel to assist and address the needs of the patients. 

“The provincial government will be providing for the daily needs of the patients who will be isolated here, including their food, water, vitamins, and internet connection,” Tidula said.

On top of this, the provincial government is also targeting to utilize the permanent evacuation center of the province in Mexico town as an additional isolation facility if COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the coming weeks.