MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) has announced that the presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25), which has been converted into a floating patient care center, is caring for 16 suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients.
“The 16 suspected cases, all of whom are military front-liners, are quarantined at the presidential yacht while waiting for the results of their Covid-19 RT-PCR (reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction) test at the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) General Hospital, Quezon City,” Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, said in a statement on Tuesday night.
The BRP Ang Pangulo, which is docked at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor, is being used as a quarantine facility in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s guidance to Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, to accommodate suspect and probable Covid-19 front-liners aboard the ship.
The vessel has a medical staff that includes one on-call doctor, a nurse, a hospital man, and three medical assistants.
Duterte ordered the conversion of the ship into a floating quarantine facility last April 3.
This team will also undergo quarantine for 14 days after their medical tour of seven days.
“To further prepare the ship’s crew for this mission, the officers and men of BRP Ang Pangulo underwent a two-day training on infection prevention control (IPC) and patient management last month while in Davao City under (the) Southern Philippines Medical Center headed by Dr. Yvette Barez,” Roxas said.
These experts also inspected the ship to check if the temporary medical facility is compliant with IPC safety standards.
BRP Ang Pangulo commanding officer, Commander Marissa Arlene A. Martinez, said the ship “is always here to serve and work heartily for the President and the Filipino people.” (ia/PNA)