Some TB patients are currently being treated in a makeshift isolation room at the Mangilao Public Health location under a tent.
Guam – The Department of Public Health says GHURA has approved the request for funding to renovate the isolation room up at the Dededo Community Health Center.
Southern and Northern Community Health Centers CEO Linda Unpingco DeNorcey explains that a change order has already been approved to turn a storage room into an isolation room.
In the meantime, northern and central residents who need treatment for tuberculosis are being treated either through home visits or at a makeshift tent area outside of the Mangilao Public Health Office.
DeNorcey says once the Dededo Community Health Center Isolation room is up and running, central patients will be treated up north as well temporarily until the Mangilao isolation room renovation is complete.
“We’re waiting for the quote to come out with them and they’re doing all the–they’re crunching of the numbers to get the quote from the contractors and then we’re gonna proceed from there,” explains DeNorcey, adding that they are hoping to have the isolation up and running as soon as possible.
The isolation room at the Mangilao Public Health location went down last week because of a broken ventilation unit.
Although TB patients are being treated in a makeshift tent, Public Health assures that there is no danger of spreading the disease to the community.