NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur — Four newly-constructed isolation intensive care units (ICU) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients formally opened on Thursday, April 2 at the Ilocos Sur District Hospital (ISDH)-Narvacan in Barangay Paratong here.
Governor Ryan Luis Singson, Dr. Trina Taboga-Talaga, chief of Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang (ISPH-GS), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Officer Michael Chan, ISDH-Narvacan Chief Dr. Ronald Tobias, health workers, local government officials, and residents attended the formal opening of the isolation ICUs.
As explained by Dr. Talaga, these isolation units are constructed according to the ideally recommended structure.
“It has an anteroom with wash area and dressing area; and the inner room installed with an air-conditioning unit with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter is for the patient,” said Dr. Talaga.
HEPA filter is a type of air filter that can theoretically remove at least 99.97 percent of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm).
“The HEPA filter is enough to keep the room clean,” she added.
The doctor also explained why the units are built separately.
She said, “We are practicing strict infection control so that there is no communication between patients.”
A nurse station was also built near the isolation units.
During an interview, Gov. Singson said that even if the province has the least number of COVID-19 positive case in Region 1, and the number of persons under investigation (PUIs) is not increasing, he wants the provincial government to be ready in case the crisis goes out-of-control.
As of 5 p.m. of April 3, there is one COVID-19 positive case in the province while there are eight admitted PUIs and 4, 363 persons under monitoring.