Offsite Hospital for server COVID patients turned over by DPWH to Lung Center

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) turned-over to the Lung Center of the Philippines an additional modular hospital that will be used to augment the existing COVID-19 isolation facilities of the center.

DPWH Secretary and Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar said that the newly-completed isolation facility in Quezon City is intended for moderate to severe cases. 

“We will continue to push for the completion of more health facilities nationwide although we are seeing a drop in COVID-19 cases recently,” said Secretary Villar.

The turn-over ceremony of the pop-up hospital was held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 and was led by DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain representing Secretary Villar. 

According to Undersecretary Sadain, head of DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local and National Health Facilities, the modular hospital was built to ensure enough infrastructure support to the Lung Center as it has eight (8) rooms with two (2) hospital beds per room to accommodate 16 patients. 

Each room are fully airconditioned equipped with separate bathroom to tend to the needs and comfort of healing patients.

The modular hospital has exhaust and fresh air blower with hepa filter, emergency lighting, separate tanks for water supply, and build with wide ramp for ease of patients. 

The additional health facility put up by DPWH was received by Lung Center of the Philippines Executive Director Dr. Vincent M. Balanag Jr. after the simple blessing ceremony also attended by Dr. Sullian S. Naval, Deputy Executive Director for Medical Services; Dr. Victoria C. Idolor, Deputy Executive Director for Hospital Support Services; Dr. Elvira N. Baura, Deputy Executive Director for Nursing Services; and Dr. Antonio B. Ramos, Administrative Services Department Manager. 

Also present were members of the DPWH Task Force namely Directors Eric Ayapana, Aristarco Doroy, and Edgardo Garces and Mr. Alejandro H. Tengco of Nationstar Development Corporation. 

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