CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary and Chief Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar on Thursday said more COVID-19 facilities are ready to meet the demands for healthcare use.
Of the target 720 healthcare facilities nationwide, Villar said 538 facilities with 20,300 bed capacities have been completed that will aid in COVID-19 infection prevention and control.
While a total of 182 facilities, which account to 6,200 beds are for completion in the next few weeks, the DPWH chief added.
In his report to Secretary Villar, DPWH Undersecretary and Task Force Head Emil K. Sadain said that two more modular units with 44 beds are expected to be completed and ready for turn-over at the Quezon Institute at E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City by February 15, 2021, while a fifth unit will undergo some modification works to convert into Operating Room/Intensive Care Unit as requested by the DOH.
Other than the modular hospitals, the DPWH has built two dormitories with 64 beds to house healthcare workers manning the operations at the institute.
Villar said the institute has the facility to cater the need for isolation and treatment of patients who are moderate to critical COVID-19 cases.
"Our DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local and National Healthcare Facilities constructs modular health facilities at Quezon Institute with two units with a total bed capacity of 44 already turned over to the Department of Health (DOH) last December 2020," he said.
According to the DPWH, the QI is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to be operated by medical personnel of Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.
A routine inspection at the Quezon Institute was conducted on Thursday, January 21 by DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III together with Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, DPWH Usec. Sadain to ensure readiness of the completed facilities in anticipation of the post-holiday surge.
Technical working group members of the DPWH Task Force namely Bureau of Construction Director Aristarco Doroy and Assistant Director Edgardo Garces were also present during the inspection. (PIA NCR)