CAGAYAN DE ORO – Completion of the two-storey emerging and reemerging infectious diseases (EREID) facility along with a joint agreement that would manage its operations are projected to be done next month, City Hall officials said Tuesday, October 27.
“Work on the two-storey EREID facility is more than half done but due to the rains, we hope to complete this by November. This facility is divided into wards and the design is based on the temporary treatment management facility standards as set by the Department of Health (DOH),” City Health Insurance Office (CHIO) chief Dr. William Bernardo said on Tuesday noon’s press briefing.
Dr. Bernardo said the EREID facility in Barangay San Simon will have a 75-bed capacity along with a biosafety level 2 laboratory.
“We will schedule a meeting to set up the operations of the facility and discuss personnel and operational cost concerns along with who will handle the center that will be specified in the joint agreement,” he said.
Mayor Oscar Moreno said the P50 million facility funded from City Hall’s share of the Bayanihan To Heal As One grant from the national government should be sustained beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I specified that the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) should be involved in the planning of the construction so that the facility meets their standards along with DOH,” Moreno said.
“The best way to (operate the facility) is through the kurambos system (shared arrangement) or a venture between the city government, the DOH, NMMC, JR Borja General Hospital and maybe a private hospital group. It can even become a regional EREID facility,” he added.
—(Source: City Information Office)