Manila opens new infectious disease control center amid COVID-19 spread

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2020 08:53 AM

 

The Manila city government opened its infectious disease control center Tuesday evening at Sta. Ana Hospital amid the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

In a Facebook post, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said they had a simple ceremony for the opening of its new center.

"Tapos na po ang ating bagong Manila Infectious Disease Control Center sa Sta. Ana Hospital, operational at ready na po siya para kalingain ang mga kababayan natin maaaring magkasakit tungkol sa kinakaharap natin na [coronavirus disease 2019] (COVID-19). Thank you very much, Director Dra. Grace Hermoso Padilla and Engr. Andres for finishing ahead of time," he said.

Moreno said the new center will be helpful in accommodating patients with possible COVID-19 infection.

"Sa atin naman minamahal na mga frontliners Dra. Nerissa Sescon at doctors, nurses and other medical staff ng Sta. Ana Hospital at sa lahat na madedistino sa ating infectious control center, alam ko po na hindi magiging madali ang inatang ko na trabaho sa inyo para bigyan ng agaran at sapat na medical attention ang mga magiging pasyente natin (COVID-19) na mga taga-Lungsod ngayon pa lamang," he said.

"Maraming salamat na sa inyo at sa inyong pamilya. Isasama namin kayo sa aming mga dalangin sa Panginoon Diyos para sa inyong kaligtasan at kalusugan."

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier placed the country under the state of calamity following its move to contain the virus with a Luzon-wide community quarantine.

As of Tuesday, the health department recorded 187 cases with 14 fatalities and 6 recoveries.