Villar Conducts Final Inspection of First Hemodialysis Facility for Covid Patients at NKTI

Friday, April 30, 2021

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar inspected today, April 30, 2021, the new modular hospital for hemodialysis patients at the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) Compound in Quezon City.

"We fast-tracked the completion of this one (1) unit off-site Hemodialysis Facility to provide NKTI with 20 additional rooms that can accommodate a maximum of three (3) patients per treatment area or a total of 60 patients per day," said Secretary Villar.

As the NKTI Management scrambles to find space for the hemodialysis treatment of patients infected with Covid-19, our DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Local/National Health Facilities together with the Bureau of Construction led the construction of the facility, added Secretary Villar.

According to DPWH Undersecretary and Task Force Head Emil K. Sadain, the NKTI management headed by Executive Director Dr. Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete requested for the construction of additional pop-up hospital to serve as a supplementary facility for Covid-19 patients with compromised kidneys who need to undergo regular hemodialysis treatment.

The first hemodialysis facility for Covid patients is equipped with a separate waiting area for patients and watchers, staff area, treatment areas with standard machine components, and storage and water treatment area.

Inclusive access for arriving patients was also considered in constructing a service delivery method to the main reception area that caters to people who may come to the facility by walking, using mobility equipment, ambulance stretcher, or patient trolley.

In addition to the hemodialysis facility, DPWH has also built an off-site modular dormitory composed of 16 rooms with double deck bed and toilet that can provide temporary shelter for NKTI frontliners.

Also present during the project’s final inspection in preparation for turnover this first week of May 2021 are Undersecretary Sadain, Dr. Liquete of NKTI and members of the DPWH Task Force namely Directors Aristarco Doroy and Asst. Director Edgardo Garces.