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By Prince Golez

The conversion of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex into a coronavirus (Covid-19) quarantine facility will be completed tomorrow (April 6), the National Task Force (NTF) Covid-19 chief implementer Carlito G. Galvez Jr. said.

Galvez said the Philippine General Hospital will transfer its both symptomatic and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients Tuesday.

“The Rizal Memorial Complex will be operationalized by Monday. We will inspect it and ensure the quality of its facilities,” according to him.

Yesterday, Galvez convened doctors from private hospitals in Manila to discuss pressing logistical concerns that need to be addressed by the NTF.

“Our strategy is to transfer patients with mild Covid-19 symptoms. It will also be manned by three doctors and 50 nurses from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) medical services,” the official said.

Efforts to convert facilities into isolation sites will allow hospitals to accommodate non-Covid-19 patients who also need medical attention during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

The repurposed Rizal Memorial Complex features air-conditioned cubicles, free food for patients and frontliners, free internet connection, and 24/7 monitoring by AFP and PNP doctors and nurses.

Galvez assured the doctors that the NTF is prioritizing the distribution of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies to both government and private hospitals across Metro Manila.

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