THE Philippine Red Cross is set to open its emergency field hospital with 18 tents at the Lung Center of the Philippines compound in response to the overwhelming volume of people needing admission.
Senator Richard J. Gordon, PRC chairman and CEO, immediately ordered the deployment of the EFH to serve as an extension for LCP to handle the increasing demand for beds in hospitals. This will help LCP free bed spaces allowing admission of more severe cases in need of immediate hospital care.
“Labing-walong Red Cross emergency field hospital tents na ang naitayo natin sa Lung Center of the Philippines na gagamiting ward extension, triage, nurse station at x-ray area. Ito ay agarang tugon sa kakulangan ng kama sa ospital habang patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng mga pasyente na kailangan ng atensyong medikal,” Gordon said.
The field hospital is equipped with 64-beds with medical equipment such as oxygen tanks, ECG machine, PPV and Intubation set, Automated External Defibrillator, and other basic ward facilities that will serve mild to severe cases. The EFH is also equipped with air-conditioning units to ensure proper ventilation.
PRC will conduct a simulation of the EFH operation to prepare the proper coordination and dynamics of the flow of operation between LCP and EFH. It will be attended by Gordon, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Lung Center of the Philippines Executive Director Dr. Vincent Balanag Jr., and IATF Vice-Chairman Testing Czar Secretary Vince Dizon.
“We are in a war situation against COVID-19. The health care system in the NCR plus region is totally challenged due to the increasing cases of COVID-positive individuals. Through the emergency field hospitals of the Red Cross, this will help serve more patients needing immediate health care,” Gordon said.
“Nais natin ipabatid ang ating pasasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong upang maitayo ito at makumpleto ang mga kailangang kagamitan na makakapagligtas ng buhay ng mga pasyente. Kudos to all the Red Cross volunteers and staff, the Quezon City LGU, and to all our donors for working day and night to make all these possible,” he added.