Ni Ivy Atompag
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Nangako si Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar ngayong araw, Abril 12, na magtatayo pa ang ahensya ng mga karagdagang quarantine facilities at modular hospitals para sa mga pasyente ng COVID-19 at off-site dormitories para sa health workers.

Sa isang virtual briefing kasama si Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, sinabi ni Villar na tinitingnan nila ang pagtatayo ng 15 units ng modular hospitals na may bed capacity na 500 bago matapos ang Abril. 

“By the end of this month, we will have 512 and by next month, we will be building additional, at least nationwide additional. Almost 300 will be operational by next month. So, there will be a big improvement in our critical utilization [capacity] and we will not stop building modular facilities,” saad niya.

Ayon kay Villar, sa Lunes ay mayroon ng kabuuang 634 quarantine isolation facilities sa buong bansa na may bed capacity na 23,284.

Mayroon din umanong 60 off-site dormitories para sa 1,456 health workers at 11 na converted buildings ng Department of Health (DOH) na may 1,003 bed capacity. 

Iniulat din niya na ang limang units ng modular hospital na mayroong 110 bed capacity ay itinurn-over na kamakailan sa DOH.

“We have one unit at the Lung Center of the Philippines, which has been completed and at the Jose Rodriguez with a 22-bed capacity. We also have ongoing projects, which are set to be completed within the month, one at the NKTI (National Kidney and Transplant Institute) for 60-bed capacity; and two units in Batangas City for 44,” paliwanag niya. 

Dagdag pa ni Villar, kabilang sa mga proyektong kasalukuyang tinatapos at nakatakdang matapos sa susunod na buwan ay dalawang unit na may 44 bed capacity sa Quezon Institute, limang unit ng 110 bed capacity sa Lung Center of the Philippines, dalawang unit na may 44 bed capacity sa Southern Philippine Medical Center, at tig-iisang unit sa Quirino Medical Center, Ospital ng Maynila, at Pasig City General Hospital na may 22 bed capacity.

“We will continue to identify new areas and within the month and next month we will see a very significant increase in our hospital and ICU capacity,” saad niya.


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