The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has provided additional hospital facility for patients of government-run Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Bajada, Davao City.
Secretary and Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar said that two (2) units of modular hospital with a total bed capacity of 44 were completed for the treatment of moderate to severe Covid-19 patients.
This new medical facility put up by the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility together with Regional Office 11 will help alleviate overcrowding of SPMC patients, added Secretary Villar.
According to Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, head of DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility, the two (2) new hospital building was turned-over for operation on Wednesday September 1, 2021 by DPWH Regional Office 11 Director Rey Peter B. Gille representing Secretary Villar to SPMC Medical Center Chief Dr. Ricardo B. Audan.
To support the response to pandemic, DPWH with its partner contractor Nationstar Development Corporation fast-tracked the modular hospital facility that have airconditioned room with toilet and bath, ventilation system with high-efficiency particulate absorbing filters, standby generators, medical gas system, public address system and a nurse station, said Undersecretary Sadain.
The DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility continues to address the threat of pandemic with the timely construction of healthcare facilities that include modular hospitals, temporary treatment and monitoring or quarantine/isolation facilities, and off-site dormitories for health workers.
To date, 758 healthcare facilities with a total capacity of 28,102 are operational nationwide.
Completed were 685 quarantine/isolation facilities with 26,329 beds, 22 modular hospitals with 453 beds, and 51 off-site dormitories with 1,320 beds.