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UP, Ateneo set up isolation rooms for Covid asymptomatic patients to unburden hospitals

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UP is converting dormitory rooms while Ateneo is using high school rooms as isolation facilities. Photo from PRC, SM Supermalls

The University of the Philippines (UP) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) are setting up isolation wards for Quezon City Covid-19 patients to help unburden hospitals amidst the surge of cases in Metro Manila.

The country’s top universities in Diliman responded to the call of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for more isolation facilities and are coordinating with the humanitarian organization to provide rooms to patients.

PRC first announced the partnership with Ateneo on April 6, 2021, followed by the agreement with UP on April 8.

UP Diliman, led by president Danilo Concepcion, is converting 96 rooms in its Kamia Residence Hall into isolation quarters.

“I commend the University of the Philippines under the leadership of President Danilo Concepcion dahil sa pakiki-isa sa Philippine Red Cross upang matulungan ang mga taong labis na naapektuhan ng COVID-19. Tunay na Para Sa Bayan ang UP! May utak at puso na handang tumulong sa panahon ng pangangailangan, ” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.

At the Ateneo, President Father Roberto Yap is leading the conversion of 32 classrooms in its High School campus into isolation facilities.

“We are also reaching out to other universities and organizations within the Metro for possible partnerships. Talaga namang kapag ang tao at ang lider ay nagsama-sama, lalabas ang tibay at galing natin laban sa pandemya,” Gordon shared.

PRC is providing beds, food, isolation kits, medical equipment, and portable toilets and showers, to ensure the comfort of patients who are asymptomatic spreaders and need to temporarily isolate themselves from their own multi-generational households.

SM Foundation also donated mattresses to UP Diliman for its isolation facility at Kamia Residence Hall.

PRC will manage the isolation facilities with stringent guidelines and regulations for the acceptance of patients at the UP and Ateneo.

In 2020, the UP Diliman campus also hosted a Covid Testing Center, quarantine areas, and provided free tele-counseling to Covid patients, frontliners, and their families, while Ateneo raised millions to support health workers and the urban poor severely affected by the lockdowns.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the UP and Ateneo communities for setting up isolation rooms for Quezon City Covid patients.

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