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Makati Mayor Abby Binay said on Wednesday that the Makati Friendship Suites in Barangay Cembo is now ready to serve as an isolation facility for persons under investigation (PUI) or those who have exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  

Mayor Abby said three buildings, which used to be a hotel, have been converted into isolation areas to tend to patients’ medical needs and to prevent the local transmission of COVID-19.

“We have converted the Makati Friendship Suites three weeks ago as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city,” she said, adding the five-story facility can accommodate up to 100 patients. 

Mayor Abby said doctors and nurses from the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) will be in charge of monitoring the patients at the Friendship Suites. 

She said the city government has also formed an Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease (EREID) team composed of first responders from the Makati Health Department, sanitation workers from the Department of Environmental Services, and members of the Makati Police Department for patient management, disinfection, and security. 

Mayor Abby said medical equipment, including X-ray machines, defibrillators, and cardiac monitors, have been set up in the isolation facility. 

Aside from the conversion of the Friendship Suites into an isolation facility, barangay health centers have also put up their own isolation areas for those with COVID-19 symptoms. 

Mayor Abby urged Makatizens to stay at home and avoid going outside the house unless they need to buy basic necessities or go to the hospital. 

She also reminded them to follow the curfew policy from 8 pm to 5 am and disinfect their homes and common areas daily at 8 am and 8 pm. 

The Makati Friendship Suites was previously used to accommodate visiting local officials and guests of the city government from the provinces.

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