Boracay swabbing facility for residents, tourists now operational

PHOTO CAPTION: Cutting the ribbon at the inauguration of the swabbing facility in Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital in Boracay Island were Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores (left) and Ruth Tirol Jarantilla./iNews

BORACAY–A government-run swabbing facility is now operational in Boracay Island.

The swabbing facility, which is housed inside the Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital in Brgy. Balabag, has a negative pressure room used to contain airborne contaminants within the space and an emergency room section for severe cases, especially those involving COVID-19.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Malay acting mayor Frolibar Bautista, Malay acting vice mayor Nino Carlos Cawaling, Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Victor Santamaria, and Ruth Tirol-Jarantilla led the inauguration and blessing of the facility last November 20.

According to Miraflores, the facility is meant to assist in the early and rapid detection of suspected COVID-19 cases in Boracay Island.

“We don’t want an outbreak in the island and wish to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated response to the health crisis,” he added.

Boracay has zero active cases as of November 20.

The RT-PCR specimens extracted at the newly-opened facility will be processed at the molecular laboratory of Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan, with results available within eight hours.

At the ceremony, Bautista thanked the Tirol family for donating the property that has now become the center of government health facilities on the Island. The Boracay hospital is staffed with 88 medical personnel.

For his part, Dr. Karl Mark Lachica, Ciriaco Hospital chief, said, “Although the pandemic has brought on many challenges and affected many lives, we have learned to respond and adapt.” (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)

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