The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be constructing more off-site hospitals to help address the continuous surge of Covid19 infections.
DPWH Secretary and Chief Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar said that capacity expansion for major hospitals is ongoing, using pre-fabricated components to speed up the building process.
Villar also announced that the construction of additional pop-up structures at the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP), Quezon City is now underway, following a DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Local/National Health Facilities meeting headed by Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain and LCP Executive Director Dr. Vincent M. Balanag Jr.
In his report to Villar, Undersecretary Sadain said that groundwork for the additional five cluster units of off-site hospital facilities with 110 beds for moderate, severe, and critical patients has already commenced with construction staking or layout surveying of the build site.
As infrastructure support to LCP, DPWH had earlier built modular facilities composed of eight fully air-conditioned rooms with two hospital beds per room to accommodate 16 moderate, severe and critical cases, and 16 rooms with double-decker beds as temporary shelter of health professionals taking care of patients.
With Villar’s instruction to further coordinate with DOH and the management of public hospitals in Metro Manila for the construction of additional off-site facilities on vacant space, Sadain held a meeting with Dr. Noel V. Reyes, Medical Center Chief of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), and discussed a preparatory plan and proposed concept design for the construction of a Mega Modular Off-Site Hospital at the NCMH compound in Mandaluyong City.
About 11 cluster units of makeshift hospitals with a 242 bed capacity dedicated to the treatment of Covid19 patients can be put up by DPWH, managed by NCMH and DOH.
DPWH is also proposing to construct three cluster units of off-site dormitories with 96 beds as temporary shelter for medical professionals who will provide health care services at the NCMH Mega Modular Off-Site Hospital.