LOOK: The Ninoy Aquino Stadium Is Now Officially a Quarantine Center
From April 8, the facility will care for patients with mild cases of COVID-19.
(SPOT.ph) With the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon extended until April 30, several facilities have been geared up to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections. The Ninoy Aquino Stadium in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Malate, Manila, will begin operations as a designated quarantine center today, April 8. The "instant hospital" has 112 beds and will be manned by the Medical Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The quarantine facility is designated for the care of COVID-19 positive patients with mild to moderate symptoms. This will ideally decongest hospitals and "allow more hospital beds to be used by more severe patients with COVID-19," said Vince Dizon, Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects, in a statement. Five Metro Manila hospitals have already declared themselves to be at full-capacity for COVID-19 cases—meaning that they can no longer accept more patients.
"This facility, along with the other facilities that are going to be built, is geared towards that—to decongest our hospitals and also to move patients from communities to facilities like these to control the spread," Dizon told CNN Philippines' The Source.
Nurse stations have been put up in tent-like structures with a Nurse Call System implemented. "We’re following the World Health Organization guidelines issued in March 2020 and this has become the bible for most of our design work," explained architect Dan Lichauco, who was part of the design team behind the build.
The Ninoy Aquino Stadium will have air-conditioned cubicles with electric outlets and free Internet connection. "There’s going to be free food for all our patients and our staff—the nurses and the doctors," added Dizon.
Several quarantine facilities have also been set up. The Philippine International Convention Center and the World Trade Center Metro Manila, both in Pasay City, can accommodate 294 patients and 502 patients respectively. Both facilities are also scheduled to begin operating within the week of April 6, according to the Department of Health.