DPWH reports completion of 662 health facility units with a capacity of 24,513 beds
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it ended April with the completion of 662 units of health facilities with 24,513 beds nationwide, as coronavirus cases in the country continue to increase.
The additional bed capacity is expected to help meet the country’s health care demand amid a pandemic crisis, the department said in a statement over the weekend.
He also indicated that the capacity of the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City is currently being expanded.
The hospital must “face the increase in the number of patients brought by the rise in cases of people infected with COVID-19 (2019 coronavirus disease)”, noted the department.
He said the project covered the construction of “four typical (modular) units with 88 beds and a modular intensive care unit (ICU) type hospital with 22 beds or a total capacity of 110 beds.”
The DPWH also reported that it had completed 10 modular hospital projects with a total capacity of 252 beds for coronavirus treatment and 60 off-site dormitory units as temporary shelters for around 1,456 healthcare workers.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced last week the extension of the second toughest level of lockdown – or Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) – in Metro Manila and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal provinces until ‘to May 14 while the country continues to have one. of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the region.
Under Secretary of Health, Maria Rosario S. Vergeire, told an online news briefing on May 1 that the two-week MECQ extension will help decongest hospitals.
“Gusto ho natin palakasin pa iyong ating (We want to strengthen our) health system capacity, makapagdagdag pa ng (have) extra beds, makapag– to decongest ng ospital et mas maiayos po natin ang sitwasyon dito po sa ating mga lugar (decongest hospitals and further improve the situation in these areas), âshe said.
Commerce Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said an increase in the capacity of hospital and intensive care beds and an improved contact tracing system is needed before Metro Manila and neighboring provinces can be placed under the more relaxed general community quarantine. – Arjay L. Balinbin