DPWH to set up more modular isolation facilities for Covid-19 patients
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DPWH to set up more modular isolation facilities for Covid-19 patients

Apr 4, 2021, 3:28 AM
Opinyon News Team

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Hospitals in Metro Manila are being swamped by Covid-19 patients due to the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, prompting the DPOH and IATF to seek the help of DPWH for it to build modular isolation facilities.

Health experts have warned that Metro Manila’s healthcare system may be on the verge of collapse as hospitals are already “overwhelmed and overran” by the surge of Covid-19 cases

THE national government is working double time to address the surge in Covid-19 cases by building more modular quarantine facilities, according to the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has set up isolation facilities in various hospitals to address the problem of Covid-19 patients who were refused admission due to overcapacity, NTF spokesperson retired Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla said in a media interview.

“May mga itinayo na ginagamit ay mga container vans. Modular 'yan. 'Yung iba naman na mabilisan ay mga tent. Ito ay bilang karagdagan doon sa mga kinakailangang pasilidad na kailangan idagdag sa mga ospital na panay punuan na," he said.

At least eight hospitals in Metro Manila have requested for modular tents to address the backlog in patients’ admissions, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) would provide four tents which would be used as local government unit-based triage areas.

Health experts have warned that Metro Manila’s healthcare system may be on the verge of collapse as hospitals are already “overwhelmed and overran” by the surge of Covid-19 cases.

Senators have also called on the national government to act on the depleting hospital resources in the country.

Senator Sonny Angara said there is an urgent need to increase the bed capacities in hospitals nationwide so that no patient will be denied admission, especially during critical periods like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The current surge in cases of Covid-19 and its new variants has given us a rude awakening as to how much more we have to go to strengthen our health system," Angara said.

On Saturday, the Philippines logged 12,576 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total tally to 784,043 confirmed and 165,715 active cases. (ONT)

Tags: #Covid19, #modularfacilities, #overcapacity, #DepartmentofHealth

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