CebuDoc converts gym to a 24/7 Acute Respiratory Infection and Diarrhea (ARID) clinic

In this time of need, we Cebuanos should stand as one in the fight against the global pandemic, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We should all help out and reach out — a notion that the CebuDoc Group has proven true.

Aside from being one of the front-liners as a medical facility, Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital, a major tertiary private hospital in Cebu City, is converting its covered court into an ARID (Acute respiratory infection +- diarrhea) Clinic. It is open starting today, March 19, 2020 for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The ARID will be both a triage & holding area with industrial fans to provide comfort and ventilation. There will also be necessities like toilets & showers. This clinic will be far from their Emergency Room.

Nurses and MD’s will probably be assigned as ARID officers to man the clinic.  They should be able to do a quick initial screen and assessment to every patient. Stable conditions are to be sent home with proper instructions.

Patients that needs further examination, will be moved to isolation within the area.

“We created this just in case a massive outbreak happens. This are will cater to patients with Fever, Respiratory illnesses & Diarrhea. Ventilation as recommended by our Infectious Committee is very good with industrial & exhaust fans provided. Simple toilets & showers are available.”

– Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, Chairman

Cebu Doc who had healthcare breakthroughs like the Center for Aesthetics and Laser, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, Center for Dental Care and other developments advises everyone to remain calm, stay vigilant and take precautionary measures.

Consultation Barriers and back entrance/hallways have been created for the safety of our Doctors so they can continue the fight. if needs further examination or admission, cebudoc group has Isolation Centers around Cebu. This will be away from our Emergency Room or main hospital so we can avoid possible transmission of the virus.

 This will be open 24 hours. I’d like to personally thank our staff who have been very brave in this battle against COVID-19 and also, the generous individuals/companies who have donated food, drinks, gloves, masks & suits. 

24/7 Hotlines at CebuDoc Group:

  • 0961-525-5194 (Smart)
  • 0956-788-5071 (Globe)
  • 0931-059-8617 (Sun)
  • Facebook Page (for Chat messages)


As the threat of the Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 rises every day, the Cebu province has taken a proactive approach and is pulling all stops in protecting the island. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its symptoms:

With this, an Executive Order was issued for the implementation of the drastic but necessary measures to avoid the spread of the virus. For more information, head on to:

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Marel Baluyos
Marel Baluyos
"Cebu is my always."

Chemical Engineer / Associate Editor | Bantayan Island, Cebu

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