Pacquiao wants to set up 20,000-bed COVID-19 hospital

Published May 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Mario Casayuran

Boxing icon Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao has proposed the establishment of an all-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients’ facility with a minimum capacity of 20,000 beds.

Senator Manny Pacquiao delivers his privilege speech regarding the death of Kian Delos Santos, during the regular Senate Session on Tuesday. (JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao

“Majority of the hospitals, both public and private, have reached the threshold of their full capacity. There is an urgent need for a single facility for all Covid-19 patients so government can maximize its virus control measures,” Pacquiao said.

He thus filed Senate Bill 1445, stressing the urgent need to establish a single facility for all Covid-19 patients.

The Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that the country would reach the peak of the projected COVID-19 incidence in two to three months.

Pacquiao said the creation of a National COVID-19 Center or the proposed Covid-19 Disease Prevention and Control Center to respond to the medical emergency is a vital element in government efforts to contain the pandemic.

In the proposed bill, the facility shall be under the DOH. Its operating fund, maintenance and upgrading of its medical equipment shall be progressively increased yearly.