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MLQU in Quiapo converted into quarantine facility





A university in Quiapo, Manila has been converted into an isolation facility to accommodate 60 patients infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Friday.

The Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) in Quiapo, Manila was turned into a 60-bed quarantine facility in the span of two weeks, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.

Villar, who also serves as the isolation czar in the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, added that the newly completed MLQU facility “was rushed to add 60 more bed units that will cater to the city’s COVID-19 cases.”

“Recognizing the need for additional quarantine facilities in the city of Manila, the department was able to convert a COVID-19 isolation facility inside the Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) in Quiapo,” he said.

“With the online learning system in place this school year, available school buildings are being tapped as converting existing buildings is one of the fastest options to add more COVID-19 facilities,” the secretary added.

According to DPWH National Capital Region Director Ador Canlas, the completed MLQU Isolation Facility also has one radiology room, two nurse stations, and four comfort rooms – two for medical personnel and two for patients’ use. (Betheena Unite)