Presidential yacht now houses COVID-19 suspected cases

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The recently converted floating quarantine facility, BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS 25) docked in Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila, currently houses 16 COVID-19 suspected cases.

The 16 suspected cases, all of whom are military frontliners, are quarantined at the presidential yacht while waiting for the results of their COVID-19 RT-PCR Test at the AFP General Hospital, Quezon City.

This is in line with the AFP Commander-in-Chief, Rodrigo Roa Dutertes guidance to the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo J Bacordo, to accommodate suspected and probable COVID-19 frontliners in the quarantine ship.

The ship has a medical staff that include one on-call doctor, nurse, hospital man and three medical assistants from the ships crew. Said team will also undergo quarantine for 14 days, after their seven days rotation duty.

To further prepare the ships crew for this mission, the officers and men of BRP Ang Pangulo underwent a 2-day training on Infection Prevention Control (IPC) and Patient Management last month while in Davao City under Southern Philippines Medical Center headed by Dr Yvette Barez.

Said team of experts also inspected the ship to check if the temporary medical facility is compliant to the standards on safety and IPC.

ACS 25 commanding officer, Cmdr Marissa Arlene A Martinez said that, “BRP Ang Pangulo is always here to serve and work heartily for the President and the Filipino People.”

The Philippine Navy is fully committed to support the Bayanihan to Heal as One initiative by devoting its personnel, and resources as it explores all possible means to contain and defeat the spread of the COVID19 virus in the country. NAVY.MIL.PH