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San Miguel completes 10 quarantine facilities

By The Manila Times/The Manila Times

Officials from San Miguel Corp. and the Armed Forces of the Philippines converse after a priest had blessed one of the 10 15-bed emergency quarantine facilities the listed conglomerate completed in partnership with the country’s military in the last several weeks. The facilities, aimed at reducing the strain on local hospitals, will accommodate people found positive for the coronavirus disease 2019, but showing mild or no symptoms. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

SAN Miguel Corp., in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), has finished building 10 emergency quarantine facilities in military camps nationwide to accommodate coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients and ease the burden on local hospitals.

In a statement on Thursday, the listed conglomerate said the facilities, with 15 beds each, could help reduce the strain on existing health facilities in areas where they are located, given the increasing number of patients needing medical attention.

“We thank the [AFP] for allowing us to build these isolation areas beside their military hospitals. This collaboration will help the government save more lives, including the lives of our military personnel who are one of our front liners during this pandemic,” San Miguel President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said in the statement.

Facilities completed last month were those in the Western Mindanao Command Hospital in Zamboanga, Northern Luzon Command Hospital in Tarlac, Eastern Mindanao Command Hospital in Davao City, Southern Luzon Command Hospital in Lucena City, Philippine Fleet in Cavite City and Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Facilities finished so far this month were those in Central Command Hospital in Cebu City, Joint Task Force-National Capital Region in Camp Aguinaldo, Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base Hospital in Pasay City, and Western Command Hospital in Palawan.

Ang said it was important to have these facilities ready should the need to isolate more people suspected of having Covid-19 grows. San Miguel is looking to build additional facilities if necessary, he added.

“Our hospitals cannot afford to exceed their capacity as many patients, including those who are treated for other illnesses, will be needing these health facilities. These isolation areas will also help ensure that the transmission of the disease can be better controlled and lessen the risk on other patients who are vulnerable,” Ang said.

San Miguel shares dropped to 30 centavos or 31 percent to end at P96.20 each on Thursday.


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