No more quickies: Kidapawan City converts motel into PUI isolation facility


COTABATO CITY – A drive-through motel in Kidapawan City was converted Friday as isolation facility for patients under investigation (PUIs) on coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19).

Mayor Joseph Evangelista of Kidapawan City led the opening of the Apo Summit Motel as an isolation facility that will house some of the PUIs in the city.

The mayor lauded the owners of the motel for helping the city’s effort to contain the coronavirus disease.

“Kidapawan City remains free from Covid-19 as of this moment,” Evangelista told reporters in an interview.

He said that “mild PUIs” who are residents of Kidapawan City would be admitted to this facility that will be managed by a team of front liners and medical personnel led by Dr. Hamir Hechanova.

The isolation facility will be administered 24/7 and meals will be served round-the-clock for free, to be sponsored by the With Love Jan Foundation, Inc., a non-government organization based in Kidapawan.

A sanitation tent was also put up by the city government at the lone entrance-exit gate of the facility for proper disinfection.

Latest data from the provincial epidemiology and surveillance unit of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, North Cotabato has 66 PUIs wherein 48 had been on home quarantine while 16 have completed the 14-day quarantine.

The PUIs currently numbered at 1,325. Aside from the motel which has 30 rooms, a 50-classroom building of the Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School was also being readied as isolation facility should the number of patients increase. (PNA)