Public buildings converted into medical centers in Wuhan

UNTV News   •   February 10, 2020   •   717

The city of Wuhan is planning on quarantining all suspected cases and isolating all confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) in order to control the virus.

Due to a shortage of hospital beds, public buildings across the city are being turned into temporary medical centers.

It’s been two weeks for Wang Dinghen, the vice principal of a district Party School in Wuhan, to live with suspected coronavirus patients, as the school has been converted into quarantine quarters.

A total of 75 people suspected of infected with coronavirus are living there. School staff has to do all the chores to keep the quarantine point in check, removing trash and sterilizing the living quarters.

“Our school is now only a quarantine point for medical surveillance. We only take in suspected cases, but we cannot offer much in terms of medical treatment,” said Wang Dinghen, vice principal of Hongshan District Party School.

For those who are diagnosed with having the virus, they will be transferred to hospitals. But due to the lack of hospital beds, Wuhan is now converting public buildings into hospitals and medical centers to take in patients with mild symptoms. This includes dorms from the Wuhan Business University, which are now being modified.

“First, we have to classify students’ belongings in the dorm and seal them up for storage. All dorms have been cleared up. The beds are all modified by workers overnight to make the room more like a four-patient room in a ward,” said Lang Xianmei, a staff member of Wuhan Business University.

Some 2,400 confirmed coronavirus patients are expected to move in. And some daily supplies have already been put inside rooms which have been converted. The construction team said wastewater pipes had also been modified to prevent contamination.

Besides schools, hotels have also been converted into quarantine centers. Wuhan Miliang Yangtze River Hotel is the first and largest concentration quarantine center in Hanyang District, which is responsible for receiving people who have close contacts with confirmed patients.

The quarantine center has received a total of 172 people for medical surveillance with 23 already released from quarantine and five transferred to hospitals.

The medical staff closely attend to people quarantined there, paying close attention to their health and sending three meals to them every day.

To receive more people, another quarantine center 100 meters away from the hotel started operating on Saturday. It has over 100 rooms and has received 70 people who had close contacts with confirmed patients. (Reuters)

Duterte, Xi call for ‘win-win’ cooperation on 46th anniversary of PH-China ties

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping both call for a “win-win” cooperation in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Philippine-China relations.

The Philippine President expressed his gratitude for  China’s assistance to the Philippines in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Philippine-China economic ties are of course the dynamic force that will continue to drive or bilateral relations forward,” Duterte told Xi in a statement.

“I am confident that my Administration’s Build Build Build program together with the Belt and Road Initiative, will reap long-term benefits for our peoples,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Duterte, the Chinese president acknowledged that in recent years, with concerted efforts of both sides, Philippine- China relations have remained “healthy and stable.”

“I attach great significance to the development of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you in guiding our bilateral relations to move forward in a sustained and steady manner, so as to achieve greater win-win results and mutual benefits,” Xi said. AAC


AFP chief Sobejana visits Pag-asa Island

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Cirilito Sobejana visited Pag-asa Island amid the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, the AFP said Sobejana visited the island on Monday along with key officers from the General Headquarters and the Western Command.

The visit was in connection to the conversion of the island into a logistics hub that seeks to sustain the Philippine government forces deployed in the area.

The trip also aims to uplift the morale and welfare of troops securing Pag-asa Island and other communities within the Kalayaan Island Group.

“The AFP will strike a balance between mission accomplishments and looking after the morale and welfare of our men and women,” Sobejana said, addressing the military force manning the Naval Station Emilio Liwanag on Pag-asa Island.

The AFP chief also stressed the importance of the troop’s role in protecting the citizens of Kalayaan Group of Islands and their livelihood as well as guarding the country’s territories in the West Philippine Sea.

The AFP said it recently deployed additional air and naval assets under the operational control of Western Command (WESCOM) in Palawan to support the National Task Force-WPS together with the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in performing sovereignty patrols in the area.

Prior to visiting Pag-asa Island, the Chief of Staff met with the troops of the 3rd Marine Brigade to extend the AFP’s commendation for keeping the Province of Palawan peaceful, stable and progressive.

He also lauded the unit’s contributions in security operations, civil military operations, stakeholder’s engagement and on COVID-19 mitigation which are vital in the over-all mission accomplishment of WESCOM and the AFP as a whole.

The AFP Chief also visited BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35), one of the many ships currently deployed at WESCOM while docked at Puerto Princesa City Pier, to commend the their efforts in protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country particularly in the West Philippine Sea.

He likewise lauded the officers and personnel for their role in the successful rescue of 31 fishermen of MB Pauline 2 at Nares Bank, WPS on May 24.


PH FDA OKs EUA application for Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine

Robie de Guzman   •   June 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said it has approved the emergency use authorization application (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccine made by Chinese firm Sinopharm.

FDA director general Eric Domingo made the announcement during his report to President Rodrigo Duterte in a televised briefing on the government’s COVID-19 response.

Domingo said the EUA for Sinopharm was granted on Monday.

“Ito ay tiningnan na rin ng ating mga experts at ng atin pong evaluation sa FDA and today we already granted an emergency use authorization to DOH to accept the donations of Sinopharm,” the FDA chief said.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier filed an application for the EUA of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine after it was included in the emergency use listing (EUL) of the World Health Organization (WHO).

A WHO emergency use listing means that a product’s safety and efficacy has been rigorously evaluated. It will also allow the product to be included in the COVAX facility for faster global roll out.

The COVAX facility led by the WHO is a global program that seeks to provide vaccine supply mainly for poor countries.

The emergency use listing will also allow countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer COVID-19 vaccines.


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