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Red Cross taps universities for additional isolation wards

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Red Cross taps universities for additional isolation wards

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QUEZON CITY, April 8 (PIA) — Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Sentor Richard Gordon sought the help of Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), University of the Philippines (UP), and De La Salle University (DLSU) to set up isolation facilities in their premises to stall the spread of COVID-19.

He said the PRC staff and volunteers are already converting 32 ADMU classrooms to isolation units. “Ateneo President Fr. Yap even offered to fundraise among the Ateneo alumni to help support the facility, and I am more than grateful for their solidarity with our efforts.”

On the other hand, UP Diliman offered 96 dormitory rooms of its newly retrofitted Kamia Residence Hall, which the PRC has started equipping with furniture for a maximum of three patients each.

The PRC is also making arrangements for patient monitoring via telemedicine with the Philippine Medical Association and Philippine Nurses Association, Inc., and for immediate ambulance service to nearby hospitals for emergencies. They are also reaching out to other universities and organizations within the Metro to help augment the local government units’ resources. (MCDS/PIA-IDPD/PRC)