QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Quezon City government has expanded its Hope community care facilities to accommodate more children who test positive for COVID-19 and their families or guardians.
Quezon City Health Department Chief Dr Esperanza Arias said the local government recently purchased additional beds, oxygen tanks and medication for all of the city’s 11 COVID-19 facilities. .
Arias said the city is adding “family rooms” to all of Hope’s facilities. This is about welcoming more children positive for COVID as well as their families who may also be positive for COVID or their guardians who will take care of them.
âWe are adding more family rooms to prevent children from being separated from their families. We want to provide optimal care and also take into account the psychological well-being of these children, âArias said, noting that only Hope 3 and 6 had family rooms in the past.
Meanwhile, the Quebec government is recruiting more staff while the opening of three other Hope establishments is underway.
Data from the Municipal Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) showed that 9% or 318 of COVID-19 cases recorded between August 1 and August 7 were in children aged 17 and under.
Five percent or 169 are aged 0 to 11, while four percent or 149 are in the 12 to 17 age group.
The report also says the total number of cases during this period is 293% higher than the data from July 1-7 with 81 positive cases recorded.
âOne factor that causes these infections in children could be the inappropriate way COVID-positive adults self-quarantine. There are those who stay at home and do not declare themselves to CESU, âsaid CESU chief Dr Rolando Cruz.
The local government recently issued guidelines strictly prohibiting home quarantine for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and symptomatic close contacts.
The guidelines stipulated that these cases should be transferred to city hospitals, Hope community care facilities, barangay isolation centers or nationally accredited isolation hotels.
“We are continually stepping up our contact tracing efforts so that every household is safe, especially young children who are not yet able to follow minimum health protocols on their own,” said Cruz.
âBut ultimately, we need everyone’s cooperation. We call on anyone showing symptoms to immediately notify CESU, âhe added.
The CESU is accessible via its official Facebook page and the QC Contact Tracing hotlines 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086 and 0931-095-7737.