DPWH-Lower Kalinga turns over a 20-bed isolation facility to Tabuk

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Lower Kalinga District Engineering Office (LKDEO) turned over 13 units of modular container vans turned COVID-19 isolation facility to the city government today.

The new facility, composed of ten units of container vans turned isolation rooms, adds another 20 beds to the capacity of the Agbannawag Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF).

Another two units serve as a nurse station and laboratory while the thirteenth unit was put at the Talaca COVID-19 checkpoint to be used as a triage facility.

“Kadagiyay kakailyan tayo nga taga-Kalinga, this is our simple help to provide additional [health facilities],” District Engineer Ruby Uyam, LKDEO head, said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“[This is] just in case magkaroon pa tayo ng COVID-19 [infections]. Makatulong dagituy nga facilities, [particularly to cater to] asymptomatic kin dagiyay mild [cases],” Uyam added.

Like the isolation rooms of the Agbannawag TTMF, each room of the isolation facility from the LKDEO is furnished with a television, air-conditioner, bed, and comfort room.

“Very convenient daytuy nga place for them to stay. Kasla haan da nga marikna nga ma-isolate da,” Uyam said.

The facility costs a total of Php 9 million and funded under the Bayanihan to Heal as One act, according to Uyam.

On behalf of the government, City Health Officer Dr. Henrietta Bagayao expressed her gratitude to the LKDEO for granting the city’s request for an additional isolation facility.

“Actually daytuy additional isolation center in-request tayo ti DWPH nga isu met ti inpangatu da. Dakkel unay ti yaman iti City Health Office and of course the City Government of Tabuk ta napatgan daytuy nga request tayo,” Dr. Bagayao said.

Reverend Father Koshie Chris Dupa-as of the San Isidro parish blessed the new isolation faciltity. Also present today to witness the turn-over were Enrique Baliang, consultant of City Mayor Darwin Estrañero and Regie Wacas who was representing Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang.   By Iryll Sicnao

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