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'COVID-19 case' claims patients at Delpan facility lack medical care

A probable case of coronavirus disease 2019 on Wednesday said symptomatic patients staying at the Delpan Sports Complex quarantine facility in Manila do not receive any medical attention.

Ana, not her real name, said a patient is suffering from fever and cough but the personnel in the quarantine facility never provide medicines.

“Wala,” Ana said when asked if the patient received any medical attention after showing COVID-19 symptoms during her interview on Dobol B sa News TV.

“Nagulat kami kasi tinanong ko siya ‘ka ko, ‘Binigyan ka at least ng Biogesic?’ Kasi nakita naman na may lagnat siya at ubo. Wala raw ibinigay sa kanya,” she added.

According to Ana, personnel in the health facility do not conduct regular monitoring of patients’ health, not even a body temperature check.

Ana said she is experiencing a difficulty in breathing.

She requested to have a direct contact to the personnel of the quarantine facility in case the patients need something since they are all isolated in closed space.

Aside from the lack of medical attention, Ana said she was also bothered by the poor sanitation of the quarantine facility. She said the toilets are clogged with feces and full of urine.

“Walang tubig,” she added.

Ana suggested creating a division between the shower tubs in the facility to observe proper hygiene amid the threat of virus transmission. “Dapat mas careful sila in terms of hygiene.”

Ana, who worked as a frontliner helping health workers fight novel coronavirus, also lamented the poor quality of food being served to them.

The national government started to convert venues like the Philippine International Convention Center and World Trade Center in Pasay into quarantine facilities for probable and suspected cases of COVID-19.

After this, the Department of the Interior and Local Government directed local government units to set up their own isolation facilities. —Joviland Rita/LBG, GMA News