Lung Center can now handle more COVID cases, thanks to DPWH

Published August 10, 2021, 3:06 PM

by Betheena Unite

The Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) in Quezon City is now equipped to handle more cases of patients infected by the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

COVID-19 HOSPITAL–The construction of five modular hospitals with 108 beds intended for severe and critical cases of COVID-19 have been completed at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. (Photo courtesy of the DPWH)

This, after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced the completion of five modular hospitals at the LCP compound.

A total of 108 patients can be accommodated by the modular hospital units, which are intended for severe and critical cases of the disease.

Of the five units, one cluster unit with 20 beds will function as an Intensive Care Units (ICU) with an oxygen and suction system dedicated for patients who require high levels of medical care and complex treatment.

The other four cluster units, which have a total of 88 individual rooms, are equipped with an oxygen system, toilet, and bath rooms.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, who is also the isolation czar of the Duterte administration when it comes to the pandemic, said the additional facilities “will reinforce the healthcare system of LCP as some hospitals in National Capital Region (NCR) are reportedly close to full capacity due to surge in COVID-19 infections, driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant of the virus.”

Villar conducted the final inspection of the facilities on Tuesday, Aug. 10, before the units were officially turned over to the hospital.

“I am grateful and thankful for all those involved who helped this much-needed hospital facility be completed,” Villar said.

The modular hospitals were constructed under the department’s Task Force for Augmentation of Local/National Health Facilities.