As part of the continuing effort to protect the health of the people against introduction or spread of diseases particularly infectious diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases and public health emergencies of International concern (PHEIC) from foreign countries into the Philippines, Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), Davao Station held its groundbreaking ceremony last January 12, 2018.
The proposed five-storey building will be built on a 270 square meter land area at the Bureau of Quarantine Regional Office Compound, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, corner Chavez Street, Davao City. Of the Php79.7M budget, Php 20M will be spent for the construction of ground floor and second floor slab and the remaining budget will be for the completion of the building. The facility will have ten (10) units Quarantine Rooms which will cater a total of 20 patients.
Dr. Ferdinand S. Salcedo, the Director IV of BOQ in his speech, mentioned that the Ebola scare in Davao City last 2014 prompted the Bureau to conceptualize the project.
In line with the thrust of the Department of Health to improve access quality health care facilities through accelerated upgrading of public health facilities thru the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) appropriated funding for the construction of the Bureau’s selected major Provincial Quarantine Stations
Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr., the Assistant Secretary of Health and at the same time Regional Director, hopes to finish the project as indicated in the design.
In the recent past, the Philippines has seen multiple outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and BOQ plays a huge role to prevent the entry of diseases and other health concerns from other countries that may impact on public health in the Philippines. BOQ, at all times, must provide access to an appropriate medical services to ensure prompt assessment and care to all clients. -suyavila