ANGELES CITY – Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. on Tuesday called on Covid-19 patients to make use of the city’s isolation/quarantine facilities instead of staying home in order to prevent the rapid transmission of the virus among household members.
“The city still has enough space to accommodate them. Naiintindihan po natin ang kanilang mga pangangailangan kaya tinututukan natin silang mabuti,” Lazatin assured the patients.
The mayor issued on May 4 Memorandum No. 816, S-2021, directing all private hospitals and medical professionals here to encourage Covid-19 patients to submit themselves to the care of designated quarantine facilities, such as those at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC), at the volunteered hotel rooms with 306 bed slots, at the New Clark City National Government Administrative Center, as well as the newly-assigned isolation facilities in Mexico and Lubao towns.
The memorandum mandates that “Home quarantine is not allowed, except for special conditions and circumstances that will be determined by medical practitioners of RLMMC. It is the sole discretion of the city government, through the CHO, to release Covid-19 patients for home quarantine following assessment at the RLMMC.”
“These said facilities are being strictly monitored by medical health care professionals providing adequate and proper accommodations for COVID-19 patients in the city,” Lazatin said.
“We are also grateful to the Provincial Government of Pampanga, led by Gov. Dennis ‘Delta’ Pineda, for giving us ample space to house our patients in their quarantine facilities,” he added.
The mayor’s memo also ordered that Covid-19 cases must be reported to the established hotline of the city – 0998-842-7746 (Smart) and 097-851-8581 (Globe), managed 24/7 by the Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
After this coordination, the ACDRRMO will communicate with the respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Team to pinpoint the residence of the confirmed Covid-19 patient.
The BHERT will then coordinate with the patient for proper extraction, as well as with the medical personnel in RLMMC to inform them that a patient will be transferred and subjected for further assessment.
Once the patient has been assessed by the RLMMC, he/she will be taken to the designated isolation areas. All symptomatic patients will be housed at the RLMMC while those with mild symptoms and who are asymptomatic will be taken to the volunteered hotel facilities.
The ACDRRMO is officially responsible for the transportation of Covid-19 patients to the RLMMC for assessment and then transferring them to the quarantine facilities.
“Let us provide the best care for our kababayans who are currently facing the fear of Covid-19,” Lazatin said.