The city government of Maasin in Southern Leyte is building more isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients amid rising new cases as authorities confirm the presence of the Delta variant.
A new isolation facility with six beds will be located in the village of Rizal.
This will add to the existing four isolation facilities in the city designed to provide care for 78 patients.
“Assessment will be done to find out the need to put up more isolation facilities or to increase bed capacity.”
“These facilities will accommodate COVID-19 infected individuals who need extra care and isolation. Assessment will be done to find out the need to put up more isolation facilities or to increase bed capacity,” Mayor Nacional Mercado said.
Maasin City, the capital of Southern Leyte province, has already recorded 1,345 COVID-19 cases, including 1,199 recoveries and 37 deaths.
The city government is also fast-tracking its COVID-19 vaccination rollout to reach its goal of administering vaccines to 47,650 eligible individuals.
Mercado said only 24.38 percent of the target population have been vaccinated where 14,044 received their first dose and 11,617 got the second dose.
“The limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is the main reason why the city has not yet achieved half of its target.”
“The limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is the main reason why the city has not yet achieved half of its target,” he said.
The most common brands of administered vaccines are Sinovac, Janssen, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer.
Last month, Mercado renewed his appeal to the national government to increase the vaccine allocation for the city, which is the trading and economic hub of the province.