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AFP builds emergency quarantine facilities to ease hospitals

By Dempsey Reyes/The Manila Times

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was able to complete the construction of badly needed emergency quarantine facilities (EQFs) that are dedicated for Covid-19 cases that have yet to be confirmed.

Through its various engineering units, the military has constructed 29 EQFs throughout several armed forces headquarters, military hospitals and other government medical institutions, announced AFP public affairs chief Capt. Jonanthan Zata.

Ten of the EQFs were spread across the Manila Naval Hospital, the General Headquarters Dispensary in Camp Aguinaldo, the Air Force General Hospital, the Fernando Air Base Hospital, the Cavite Naval Hospital, the Army General Hospital, the V. Luna General Hospital and the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery), said Zata.

Zata added that military engineering teams have also completed EQFs at civilian medical facilities, namely Quezon City General Hospital, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Bulacan Medical Center, Sacred Heart Hospital, Caloocan City Medical Center, La Consolacion University General Hospital, Sta. Ana General Hospital and Baliuag District Hospital.

While other emergency quarantine facilities were built at key hospitals nationwide, all EQFs became a concrete reality, figuratively speaking, thanks to the partnership between the Philippine military, the WTA Architecture and Design Group and the San Miguel Foundation, among other stakeholders.

“Using power tools and around four truckloads of materials,” 20 soldiers raised the EQFs within five to six days, according to Zata, who elaborated that varied military engineering brigades were expected to accomplish 11 more projects before the enhanced community quarantine is lifted.

“The EQFs are designed for hospitals and institutions that are at maximum capacity to provide proper facility for patients who need to be quarantined,” Zata concluded. “These temporary structures are meant to increase the capacity of hospitals and house patients suspected with Covid-19 to keep them from spreading the infection.”


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