Manila eyes Santa Ana Hospital as COVID-19 facility in 'worst case scenario'

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2020 01:25 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2020 01:26 PM

MANILA- The Philippines' capital city is eyeing Santa Ana Hospital as its exclusive facility for coronavirus disease cases in a "worst case scenario," Mayor Isko Moreno said Wednesday.

Overnight, cases of COVID-19 in the capital city more than doubled to 30 on Tuesday night, up from the 13 the day before. The tally included 2 fatalities and one patient who recovered: a 23-year-old woman.

The plan however will only be executed should Manila see a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. For now, Moreno said at least 19 rooms in the 10-story city-run hospital are currently available to house patients under investigation, and those who tested positive for the disease.

“Halimbawa pumutok na talaga (should things worsen), the entire Santa Ana Hospital, as a medical institution, will be concentrated, will be converted in the worst-case scenario na COVID-19 hospital,” Moreno said in a televised briefing.

Manila is also preparing its evacuation centers and public schools as holding units for patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19, the mayor said.

The Department of Health had said that it was preparing 3 state hospitals- the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, the Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City, and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City- to serve as referral centers for COVID-19 patients