Pasig City was recently recognized by the Department of Health-Metro Manila Center for Health Development (DOH-MMCHD) for its response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The local government said the city was recognized for its contribution in improving the capacity of critical care facilities and equipment dedicated for patients affected by the dreaded disease in the metropolis.
“The Department of Health-Metro Manila Center for Health Development recognizes Pasig City for its relentless implementation of COVID-19 response and ensuring the provision of quality health services in the community,” the plaque read.
Mayor Vico Sotto said the local government unit of Pasig City has been chosen to share its best practices on COVID-19 treatment strategies currently being implemented in the city.
“Our treatment strategy, including the establishment of a COVID-19 Referral Center, has certainly strengthened our fight against this virus,” he said.
The mayor also received a plaque of appreciation “for his exemplary leadership and exceptional commitment in the implementation of COVID-19 response.”
In response to the growing number of people getting infected, the city government has converted the Pasig City Children’s Hospital as a referral center for COVID-19 patients.
The health facility also houses the city’s DOH-accredited molecular laboratory capable of conducting reverse transcription-polymerase reaction (RT-PCR) tests or swab tests, which is still considered as the “gold standard” for COVID-19 testing.
“The conversion of the Pasig City Children’s Hospital into a COVID-19 Referral Facility in March increased Pasig’s dedicated COVID-19 bed capacity to 211%, which resulted in the improved capacity of the city to manage and treat moderate and severe COVID-19 cases,” the local government said.
To increase its isolation facilities, the local government has also transformed the Rizal High School into a centralized quarantine facility for mild and asymptomatic patients.
“This award inspires us to do even better. Our healthcare professionals are always on the lookout for ways to improve what we do. As a mayor, I’m very blessed to have this team,” Sotto said.