3 PH hospitals to serve as Ebola centers

By Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2014 05:04 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2014 01:04 AM

MANILA -- The Department of Health assured the public that it is ready to implement safety measures to prevent the entry of Ebola virus in the Philippines.

Health Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa said the DOH will be following certain protocols for those coming from Ebola-hit countries who exhibit symptoms.

He said those suspected of contracting the virus will have to undergo a 21-day quarantine. A person found to be positive of the virus will be brought to designated Ebola centers for treatment.

Aside from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, two more public hospitals have also been identified to treat Ebola cases: San Lazaro Hospital and the Lung Center of the Philippines.

Herbosa said that these hospitals already have the capability to handle highly infectious diseases.