The Davao City government has allowed the opening of a hotel-type quarantine facility or Temporary Treatment and  Monitoring Facility (TTMF) for asymptomatic or with mild symptoms of the Covid-19 patients who do not want to be admitted to a government facility but can afford to pay the cost of the quarantine services.

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte on Monday said it is the first TTMF for paying patients in Davao City and it is now operational. 

“It means that those patients nga dili gusto moadto didtoa sa atoang mga TTMF for whatever reason, naa silay option nga moadto ani nga facility and magbayad sila for the quarantine (It means that those patients who do not want to go to our TTMFs for whatever reason, they have an option to go to this facility and pay for the quarantine),” she said during a broadcast on Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday.

The hotel-type TTMF offers a package inclusive of 10 days quarantine in a room with a toilet, complete with meals and medical staff to monitor the patient. It currently has a capacity of 29 beds. 

Mayor Sara said that the city government decided to have a paid TTMF due to encounters with patients who do not want to be quarantined in a facility chosen for them according to their health status.

“The reason why naa tay paid TTMF is because daghan na ta og na-encounter na mga pasyente nga magpili. So karon na naa tay paid nga TTMF or facility kung gi-assign ka sa doctor as mild or asymptomatic nga patient unya dili ka gusto moadto sa atoang mga TTMF, then they can opt for the hotel and pay (The reason why we have a paid TTMF because we have encountered patients who are picky. So now we already have a TTMF or facility if you are assigned by the doctor as a mild or asymptomatic patient and then you do not want to go to our TTMF, then they can opt for the hotel and pay),” she said. 

As of December 29, the city government’s isolation facilities for probable and suspect cases, along with the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities for Covid-19 positive cases have a total  2,194-bed capacity. The facilities are a mixed set-up of a hotel, public schools, gyms, and other facilities converted to isolation areas. CIO