PHILIPPINE RED CROSS TURNED UNUSED CLASSROOMS INTO ISOLATION FACILITIES
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) opens its isolation facilities for the single-room household to avoid transmission among family members during the rise in COVID-19 cases last April 2021.
The sudden surge of COVID-positive cases in March 2021 heightened the need for facilities that care for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms. The pressure became so intense that PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon invited MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and LGU Mayors on Good Friday to present his plan to address this crisis, the conversion of idle classrooms into isolation facilities.
The enthusiastic response of the MMDA Chairman and the Metro Manila Mayors prompted Sen. Gordon to put the plan into action. A call to Ateneo de Manila University President Roberto Yap, University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion and Bro. Armin Luistro of the De La Salle Brothers created an unused classroom to accommodate residents of Quezon City and Manila affected by COVID-19.
These repurposed classrooms and facilities house asymptomatic and mild patients, to allow them to be isolated for 14 days away from their households. These individuals are provided with essential needs such as beds, toiletries, isolation kits, and food.
The PRC isolation facility is only one among the various initiatives dedicated to enhancing the management of COVID-19 in the country. Since then, PRC also sets up Isolation facilities in Makati Science High school, which features a family room, for families affected by COVID-19. PRC opened its Isolation facility at Adamson University after Hospicio de San Jose asked for help to isolate the senior citizens residing in the welfare institution.
PRC Isolation Facility is only one among the various PRC initiatives dedicated to enhancing the management of COVID-19 in the country.
“Kapag ang tao at ang lider ay nagsama-sama, lalabas ang tibay at galing natin laban sa pandemya. PRC led by our team of staff and volunteers will continue to innovate and cooperate to keep the virus at bay and alleviate its impact on the most vulnerable,” Chairman Gordon said.