Muntinlupa Rescue Unit to temporarily shut down after 3 staff test positive for COVID-19

The Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MCDRRMO) announced that it will temporarily suspend its Emergency Medical Services under Muntinlupa Rescue starting July 25, 2020, until further notice, after staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

MCDRRMO chief Erwin Alfonso confirmed that three (3) staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 after conducting RT-PCR tests.

Meanwhile, 26 personnel of Muntinlupa Rescue are now under quarantine and scheduled for swabbing.

The local Rescue Unit augments the City Health Office in handling the management and transportation of suspect and confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is in addition to assisting people during disasters, accidents, and emergency cases, and taking them to hospitals.

Alfonso said that during the temporary closure, Emergency Medical Services facilities including ambulances and equipment will undergo complete disinfection to prevent infection of other people being served by the Rescue Unit.

He added that emergency services and transportation of patients using Muntinlupa Rescue’s ambulances will be temporarily handled by Barangay Emergency Response Teams (B.E.R.T).

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi assured the public that the local government will implement stricter measures and health quarantine protocols as recommended by the Department of Health.

As of July 25, Muntinlupa City has 1,062 confirmed cases with 467 recoveries, 525 active cases, 70 deaths, 642 probable cases, and 555 suspect cases.

*Source: Public Information Office