Robredo to open temporary shelters for health workers at NKTI

Vice President Leni Robredo is looking to establish temporary shelters for medical frontliners at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

Robredo bared, “Mayroon tayong sisimulan sa NKTI naman. Ano din ito, four shelters for frontliners. Tulong natin ito sa NKTI (We will start the construction at NKTI. These are four shelters for frontliners. This is our assistance to NKTI)."

The Office of the Vice President and its private partners had already built temporary shelters in four hospitals in the capital region including the Lung Center of the Philippines and Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Four temporary shelters now also serve as emergency room extensions at the Manila Doctors Hospital for triage and treatment of non-COVID-19 infectious diseases, while the Chinese General Hospital uses the same facility for its staff and patients infected with coronavirus.

The OVP has opened these housing units so health workers have a place to “rest and recharge” while battling the pandemic.

Robredo’s office has also entered into a partnership with De La Salle University for the “kada-uno (each one)” initiative that will provide free shuttle service to transport cancer patients to hospitals.

This is in addition to the OVP’s existing shuttle service for health workers and other frontliners that runs eight routes in the region.

“Ito, dry run pa lang. Pinag-uusapan pa (This is only a dry run. We are still discussing it),” Robredo noted.

”Pero iyong Kada-Uno, in partnership with us, nag-assign ng vehicles sa dalawang hospital (But the Kada-Uno, in partnership with us, assigned vehicles in two hospitals),” Robredo said, referring to Pasig Doctor’s Medical Center in Pasig and Research Institute and Tropical Medicine (RITM), Alabang, Muntinlupa City.