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AFP Launched a New Quarantine Hospital at Rizal Memorial Coliseum

Monday, May 18, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) launched the new quarantine hospital at Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Malate.

Suspected COVID-19 patients will soon have access to a new facility in Metro Manila as part of the government’s efforts to ease the burden on hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.

AFP said in a statement, the 100-bed facility will be manned by an emergency medical team from the AFP Health Service Command composed of four military doctors, nine military nurses, and 17 medical aides, and an administrative staff consisting of six military officers and sic enlisted personnel will also join the team.

Col. Nelson Pecache, the AFP Surgeon General; Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Lolloni Conte, Chief of Health Care Services, RJTF NCR CARE; and Major Service representatives attended the blessing ceremony. Officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Health (DOH), and Task Force COVID-19 were also present.

After the ceremony, a lecture on post-mortem care for COVID-19 patients by the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Ruel Capunan was also attended by 30 medical workers.

The AFP has been supporting the government response since the outbreak of coronavirus began. Aside from manning some of the government’s quarantine facilities, the military has been assisting the Philippine National Police (PNP) in enforcing the enhanced community quarantine. It has also been deploying its air, land, and sea assets to support logistics operations and it has been conducting humanitarian efforts.