DPWH builds addt’l modular hospitals
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has already started construction for the additional modular hospital at the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) in Quezon City.
The pop-up health facility being built by DPWH is part of the government’s efforts to expand capacity of major hospitals providing healthcare service to people infected of Covid19.
Five units of modular hospitals will be put up by the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local and National Health Facilities headed by Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain on vacant space of LCP as an additional treatment facility for moderate, severe and critical Covid19 patients.
Three out of the five proposed modular hospitals were already established as of April 24, 2021.
Based on design and build plan as agreed with the LCP hospital management, four typical designed with 88 beds and one intensive care unit (ICU) type modular hospital with 22 beds or a total of 110-bed capacity will be constructed to augment the health facility requirement of LCP.
To date, DPWH through the Task Force formed by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar has already put up several modular hospitals for Covid19 treatment: one ICU type with 16-bed capacity at Lung Center of the Philippines; four typical designed and one ICU type modular hospital at Quezon Institute-Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc (QI-PTSI), Quezon City with a total of 110-bed capacity; one typical designed modular hospital with 22-bed capacity at Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (DJNRMHS), Caloocan City; and one typical designed with 21 beds and a 10 bed capacity one ICU type modular hospital at Batangas Medical Center, Batangas City.
NKTI’s Hemo-Facility set for completion
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to deliver a hemodialysis facility to the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City.
Secretary and Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar said that the modular hospital facility being built at NKTI Compound will enable patients with kidney illness to receive on-schedule hemodialysis procedures.
DPWH Undersecretary and Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local and National Health Facilities Head Emil K. Sadain and Bureau of Construction (BOC) Director Aristarco Doroy inspected on Saturday, April 24, 2021 the ongoing one (1) unit off-site Hemodialysis Facility with 20-patient treatment room and reported to Secretary Villar that civil works for this project is targeted for completion by end of this month.
The modular hemo-facility as requested by NKTI management was planned as a satellite unit on the hospital compound for support services as required for Covid19 patients with compromised kidneys needing to undergo regular lifesaving hemodialysis treatment, added Undersecretary Sadain.
Considered in the construction of the modular hemo-facility by the DPWH Task Force is the ease of public access for patients who may arrive either walking, using mobility equipment, on an ambulance stretcher or patient trolley.
New Camp Olivas isolation facility now operational
An additional 32 isolation beds are now available at the newly-built quarantine facility at Camp Olivas, San Fernando City, Pampanga.
The DPWH in a statement said that a two-storey modular-type building composed of 32-unit bed with individual comfort room was put up as a quarantine facility for Covid19 patients to prevent the spread of the infectious virus.
DPWH Region 3 Director Roseller Tolentino said that the quarantine facility completed in the amount of P25.435 million was implemented by DPWH – Pampanga 1st District Engineering Office (DEO) headed by District Engineer Almer C. Miranda and Asst. District Engineer Ruby H. Canlas.