April 29, 2021 | Sumagdang, ISABELA CITY, Basilan – The City’s 53-bed LIGTAS COVID Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility 2 located at Purok Rubber (fronting Gate 3), Sumagdang, along the San Rafael-Kumalarang Road, was turned-over from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Thursday with no less than Isabela City COVID19 Task Force chair, Mayor Sitti Djalia A Turabin-Hataman inspecting the newly renovated facility intended for SARS-CoV-2 positive patients who are either asymptomatic or exhibiting mild symptoms (existing protocols dictate that moderate to severe cases may only be confined in a hospital)
The P6.4-Million renovation, a DPWH project contracted out to HHH Developer and Construction, and funded thru Congressional earmarks of Deputy Speaker Mujiv S. Hataman, transformed the former Multi-Purpose Social and Convention Hall into a DOH-standard TTMF that can accommodate upto 53 COVID19 patients.
FACILITY STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
It shall be staffed by four (4) composite teams which includes two (2) CHO facility nurses and three (3) CDRRMO facility staff, initially. Staffing shall increase depending on the immediate needs of the facility personnel-wise. Each team shall strictly follow the work-furlough-home cycle of 7-10-11 or 7 days on duty, followed by 21 days furlough (mandatory rest) broken down into 10 days rest period at a frontliners dormitory and then followed 11 days of rest and recreation at home, before they report back to work for another work-rest cycle.
LOCAL BED CAPACITY
This will augment the city’s isolation bed capacity (during a surge) to a total of 332 beds broken down as follows:
Hospitals – 29 beds
Basilan General Hospital – 13 beds (52%)
Juan S Alano Mem Hospital – 8 beds (30%)
Infante Hospital – 8 beds (30%)
Basilan Community Hospital – 8 beds (30%)
City-managed TTMFS – 78 beds
Ligtas Covid Facility 1 Cabunbata – 25 beds
Ligtas Covid Facility 2 Sumagdang – 53 beds
Barangay Isolation Units (BIUs) – 225 beds
25 barangays @ 5 beds each – 125 beds
20 barangays @ 5 beds each – 100 beds*
* – currently under construction or undergoing necessary renovations to follow DOH standards
In the meantime, the already 1-year old isolation facility at Cabunbata shall be converted into a pre-hospital/stepdown facility for recovering COVID19 patients who cannot be accommodated in their respective BIUs once these have exceeded their 5pax capacity.
Various other facilities built and owned by the city, such as birthing clinics, daycare, health stations or rehab centers, as well as public schools and multi-purpose covered courts (the city has 300 modular tents ready for deployment within 12hrs) are likewise being targeted for use as COVID19 TTMFs if the surge does not abate, but only as last options.