The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is preparing for the construction of five off-site modular hospitals at the Quezon Institute in Quezon City for the treatment of moderate COVID-19 cases.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that he has been working closely with the Department of Health (DoH) for the construction of five off-site modular hospitals to ensure enough and timely infrastructure support amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Villar has ordered Undersecretary and head of the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local and National Healthcare Facilities Emil K. Sadain to spearhead the setting up of the off-site modular hospitals.
“Undersecretary Sadain, together with DoH Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega and members of DPWH Task Force, namely, Bureau of Design Director Aristarco Doroy, Bureau of Maintenance Director Ernesto Gregorio Jr., Bureau of Construction Director Eric Ayapana, and Assistant Director Edgardo Garces, recently conducted site validation at Quezon Institute where five modular hospitals with total bed capacity of 110 will be build within five months,” Villar said.
The DPWH said each modular hospital is made of fabricated components and will be able to accommodate 22 patients.
It added that the modular hospital has specific room for the donning or putting on of health care professionals’ personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable gowns, gloves, and shoe covers, and area for doffing or taking off PPEs.
“Preparations are under way for the construction of an off-site modular hospital for the treatment of moderate COVID-19 cases,” Sadain said Friday.
“The DPWH Task Force has been working closely with the Health Department to ensure we provide enough and timely infrastructure support in our fight versus COVID-19,” he added.
According to the DPWH, the field modular hospital will have separate nursing station, equipment laboratory, pantry, storage, CCTV lines, and monitoring board.
Aside from the modular hospitals, two off-site dormitories will be constructed within Quezon Institute compound as temporary shelter for some 64 health workers who will be manning the hospital operations.
The DPWH said the concept came out from the initiative of DPWH Task Force with beds intended for COVID-19 patients in both government and private hospitals in Metro Manila as they reached full capacity due to the surge of new cases.
“The DOH will provide the appropriate medical electro-mechanical apparatus and operate this health isolation and treatment facilities jointly with the QI medical team,” it added. (With a report from Betheena Unite)