The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has built an isolation or quarantine facility to accommodate its asymptomatic employees who were exposed to cases of the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The newly-constructed isolation facility, with a lot area of approximately 800 square meters, is located at the agency’s headquarters in Makati City.
The facility is divided into two sections: one for those with negative rapid test results and the other for those with positive results and/or awaiting PCR (throat swab test) results.
“This facility will serve as temporary holding area for our employees who need to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine.”
“We have built our own COVID-19 isolation facility for asymptomatic MMDA personnel. This facility will serve as temporary holding area for our employees who need to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine in accordance with the Department of Health’s protocols,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.
Each section of the isolation facility has a 24-bed capacity equipped with shower rooms, comfort rooms and lavatories. The rooms are fully-air conditioned, with Wi-Fi connection and will be regularly cleaned and sanitized.
The MMDA COVID-19 Committee, in coordination with the agency’s medical clinic and administrative services, will be managing the isolation facilities.
“An MMDA employee exposed to a COVID-19 case without any symptom will be made to undergo rapid test.”
“An MMDA employee exposed to a COVID-19 case without any symptom will be made to undergo rapid test at MMDA and when the result is negative, the employee will be admitted to the isolation facility for the mandatory 14-day quarantine period as a precautionary measure per DOH protocol,” Lim said.
Those with symptoms will be immediately referred to an appropriate DOH/LGU COVID-19 facility.
According to Lim, MMDA employees who are waiting for the release of their PCR (throat swab) results will also be accommodated at the isolation facility.
“As the MMDA Chairman, my primary concern is to ensure the health and safety of our personnel including their families during this unprecedented public health crisis. Much has been done already and having these isolation facilities greatly remind our personnel that we are always looking after their immediate need and welfare,” Lim concluded.