8 COVID-19 patients in QC-run facilities fully recover
CALOOCAN CITY, April 6 (PIA)–Eight coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients confined in two Quezon City-run facilities have fully recovered from the virus, the local government announced on Sunday.
Four of the recovered patients were from the HOPE-1 facility headed by Dr. Vince Mendoza, while the other four recoveries were also recorded at the Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH), led by director Dr. Josephine Sabando.
According to Sabando, three of the four recovered patients at QCGH were elderly with co-morbid disease.
On the other hand, Mendoza said the patients who recovered and discharged from the QCGH are all clinically improved, obtaining at least one negative COVID-19 result.
“The number is still considerable — worthy of quiet applause to motivate our workforce. This is our start. This is our victory,” he added.
Mendoza said the recovered patients still need to go through a 14-day home quarantine and have been advised to have a follow-up examination after the said period.
He also took the chance to renew calls to the public to practice proper hand hygiene, social distancing, and staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. There will be setbacks and false starts but we as a people will get there,” he said.
The city government has launched various efforts to combat COVID-19, including the establishment of Hope I and II to serve as quarantine facility for persons under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM).
Hope I caring facility is a 49-room alternative medical facility while Hope II community caring facility is a 300-plus bed facility housed inside the Quezon City University (QCU).
One hundred fifty beds in QCU were put up through a partnership between the local government and St. Theresa’s College Quezon City Batch 85, GKonomics International Inc. and Rotary International District 3780, through its governor Rep. Bernadette Herrera.
Hope II also has a separate 15-bed facility for COVID-19 positive patients donated by an anonymous donor.
It is also set to open Hope 3, an 80-bedroom hotel which will serve as quarantine facility for PUIs and PUMs.
Hope 4, a 15-bed facility inside QCGH, is a donation from Poveda Class 2010 in partnership with architect William Ti and WTA Architecture and Design. It will take care of senior PUIs with mild symptoms.