The Quezon City government has attributed the city’s high recovery rate to the Hope community care facilities where coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients with mild symptoms and suspected cases are admitted and properly taken cared of until they test negative.
According to City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) head Dr. Rolly Cruz, data as of July 16 shows that the recovery rate in Quezon City is at 55 percent, higher than its active cases. It went as high as 61 percent last June 30.
“This is in contrast to the average in the National Capital Region (NCR) where active cases still outnumber recovered patients,” said Cruz.
Even before the national government initiated “Oplan Kalinga”, Cruz pointed out the city has a standing policy of isolating in Hope facilities mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients unable to comply with health protocols for home quarantine as well as suspected cases waiting for the results of their swab tests.
The city now has three Hope facilities with a total capacity of about 500 beds. The facilities are manned by skilled in-house health care personnel and all the patients’ needs, from food to medicines, are provided by the city.
“The Hope community caring facilities remain one of the priority programs of the city to battle COVID-19,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
“Our current capacity will be further expanded to ensure that those who cannot undergo self-isolation have a place to stay where they will be cared for and treated by medical professionals complete with meals and comfortable board and lodging,” she added.
The lady Mayor said the construction of two new Hope facilities with an estimated total capacity of 280 beds is now underway and expected to be operational by early August.
“One is the repurposed old building of the Quezon City General Hospital and the other is a school building that has yet to be turned over to the Department of Education,” said Belmonte.
The City is also partnering with the Department of Public Works and Highways to renovate another two facilities for a slated September opening. When these projects are completed, the city will have a total of 1,400 beds for patients and suspected cases.
Meanwhile, Belmonte said healthcare workers who have served in Hope facilities are provided with accommodations after two weeks of work.
“This would allow them to isolate and wait for negative test results to ensure that they are safe when they return to their families,” she said.