MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said its emergency quarantine facility (EQF) at the Transformation Oval in Camp Crame, Quezon City is now operational.
“Our quarantine facility is ready to accept police personnel. Dito mag-stay ang mga police front-liners for their mandatory quarantine after duty sa (This is where our police front-liners will stay for their mandatory quarantine after their duty at) PICC (Philippine International Convention Center), Philsports, and other facilities that may be turned over sa (to the) PNP. (It will also accept) other personnel from checkpoints who are considered suspected or probable patients,” PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview.
He said this is part of measures to cater to the needs of their personnel who were infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and those who were considered as suspected or probable cases.
The facilities which were constructed for 10 days have fully air-conditioned rooms and other features such as nurse station, shower and bath, and hand-wash area.
PNP chief, Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, witnessed the blessing and turn-over ceremony of the facility on Thursday afternoon.
“We would like to thank SM Foundation President Mr. Hans Sy Jr. and WTA Architecture and Designs as we formally unveil today our four mega Emergency Quarantine Facilities here in Camp Crame to complement the capacity of hospitals and medical institutions,” Gamboa said.
He added the PNP leadership continues to work to further expand its capability to provide efficient healthcare services for police front-liners on duty and personnel who have been infected with the infectious disease.
“We are open to all possible means to mitigate the continued increase of Covid-19 cases among our law enforcers who are the country’s last line of defense in maintaining order amidst our fight against this contagion,” Gamboa said in his latest presser.
Meanwhile, the PNP Health Service confirmed that its first RT-PCR Testing Laboratory is now completed.
At least four personnel from PNP Health Service and Crime Laboratory who will be in charge of the laboratory are now undergoing training.
Aside from this, the PNP is also looking into the possibility of developing its own Covid-19 testing center to be housed at the DNA Laboratory also located in Camp Crame.
As of Friday, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the police force has climbed to 98.
In a summary report, Banac, said 59 were admitted in patient care centers, 17 are under home quarantine, three in hospitals, 16 have recovered, and three died from the disease.
Meanwhile, a total of 316 police personnel were classified as suspect cases while 217 police officers were tagged as probable cases. (IA/PNA)