Mark A. Villar

DPWH prepares more beds at Lung Center for COVID cases

August 4, 2021 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 184 views

THE Department of Public Works and Highways is preparing to turnover additional hospital facilities for patients’ treatment especially with the reported more transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19.

Public Works and Highways Secretary and chief isolation czar Mark A. Villar said additional hospital beds will soon be available with the construction of modular health facilities that will manage a possible surge of COVID-19 patients considered severe and critical conditions that will require hospitalization.

Villar said three cluster units of an off-site hospital facility are being readied for completion this August 9 at the Lung Center of the Philippines compound.

From August 6 to 20, Metro Manila will return to a tightened lockdown under enhanced community quarantine to prevent a possible surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

Villar said the three modular hospital units at the LCP in Quezon Avenue, Quezon City has 66 beds to manage a possible surge.

Construction of additional two cluster units with 44 rooms are also nearing completion, with one cluster unit to be assigned as an intensive care unit (ICU) facility for patients needing higher levels of medical monitoring and complex treatment.

Likewise, a 16-room off-site dormitory equipped with toilet and bath, and double decker beds for 32 people will be constructed.

The inclusion of dormitory facilities with kitchen and laundry area as temporary living quarters for off duty hospital workers is meant to improve the billeting conditions of LCP frontliners who will be dealing with the surge of COVID-19 cases.