DPWH Builds Pop-Up Hospital at Lung Center to Shore Up Health Care System

Construction of pop-up hospital is on-going at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City to increase health care capacity.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar, the chief isolation czar, said that a 16-bed capacity modular hospital is being put up by the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local and National Health Facilities that will support the demand for health care services of the Lung Center.

Secretary Villar added that the Lung Center management will use the on-going mobile hospital for for the treatment of severe COVID-19 patients.

Relentless in its effort to expedite projects, Undersceretary Emil K. Sadain, assigned by Secretary Villar as the Head of the said DPWH Task Force, together with its technical working group namely Bureau of Maintenance Director Ernesto Gregorio, Jr.; Bureau of Design Director Aristarco Doroy; and Bureau of Construction Director Eric Ayapana and Asst. Director Edgar Garces recently inspected the on-going eight (8) room facility with two beds each.

Five (5) modular hospitals made of fabricated components will also be constructed by the DPWH Task Force within Quezon Institute compound at E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City. The field modular hospital with total capacity of 110 beds will also have separate nursing station, equipment laboratory, pantry, storage, medical gas line, cctv system, and elavated pathway connecting clusters.

With instructions from Secretary Villar, we in the DPWH Task Force are non stop in coming up with more viable solutions to shore up the health care system grappling with an unprecedented crisis until we emerge from the pandemic, added Undersecretary Sadain.

Each off-site modular hospital facility at Quezon Institute will be able to accomodate 22 patients with dedicated room for the donning or putting on of health care professionals’s personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable gowns, gloves and shoe covers and area for doffing or taking off of PPEs.

Two (2) offsite dormitories will be also constructed within Quezon Institute compound as temporary shelter for some 64 health workers who will be manning the hospital operations.

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