DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

MANILA — As part of the government’s ongoing efforts to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, all military camps will be provided with hospitals and necessary facilities needed for treating and isolating the disease.

This was announced by Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when asked what the military is doing to address the pandemic during the online forum of the National Defense College of the Philippines on Thursday.

“Now we will come up with some facilities in all of our camps all over the country, all divisions (will) have their own hospitals, the (Unified) Area Commands, they will have quarantine/isolation areas,” he added.

While the number of doctors is sufficient for the moment to answer to the needs of the military, Lorenzana said they can always recruit more including nurses if needed.

“The doctors we have now, I think, are sufficient. But if there is a need to have more to anticipate any future needs, then we can recruit some more nurses and doctors,” he added.

Lorenzana said beefing up of the military’s health facilities will allow them to assist the Department of Health in containing the Covid-19 threat and future pandemics.

He added that the action plan against Covid-19, which was followed from March to June, worked and had produced “very good results”.

“(The) action plan that we followed from March to June actually worked. We had very good results despite the comments of some detractors, we succeeded beyond our expectations to contain the virus with our first phase of the action plan,” Lorenzana said.

He added that the National Task Force Against Covid-19 is now crafting a second action plan which aims to ease the lockdown, revitalize the economy, and return to normal the lives of the people.

“There’s a need to craft another campaign or action plan to ease the lockdown and to return the economy to a little bit normal (and) the lives of people. So sometime today (Thursday) we are going to present to the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) (this) action plan,” Lorenzana said. (PNA)