A New Hospital Facility in Mandaluyong Is Adding More Beds for COVID Patients
A new hospital facility for infectious diseases has been constructed inside the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) compound in Mandaluyong City. The “mega modular” facility was built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and is meant to augment health facilities to deal with the present health challenges, particularly the recent spike in cases of COVID-19.
The new building has a total capacity of 130 beds; 110 beds in 22 rooms and another 20 beds in an intensive care unit.
Each hospital room is airconditioned and is equipped with bed, table, chair and a toilet. The rooms will also function as quarantine or treatment facility for those afflicted by the virus.
Meanwhile, the ICU facility is equipped with oxygen, suction, and vacuum systems; infusion pump and cardiac monitoring; mechanical ventilator; and X Ray and hemodialysis machine dedicated for patients requiring high levels of medical care and complex treatment.
“The completed mega hospital facility would augment the need for hospital beds of Covid-infected patients in the National Capital Region and neighboring provinces from Calabarzon and Central Luzon as hospital admissions rose anew,” said Public Works Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain.
In addition to the new facility, the DPWH said it has completed two cluster units of off-site dormitories for medical frontline workers. Ea h unit is equipped with 24 fully airconditioned rooms and double decker beds with toilet and bath to accommodate as many as 96 health workers from the NCMH.
“To date, no less than 820 healthcare facilities with a total bed capacity of 30,234 were completed that augment health service nationwide,” Sadain said. “Facilities completed consists of 736 units of quarantine/isolation facilities with 28,195 beds; 29 modular hospitals with 595 beds; and 55 off-site dormitories with 1,444 beds for medical personnel and other frontliners.”
Modular hospital facilities that the DPWH has completed include the Quezon Institute-Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc., Lung Center of the Philippines, Dr. Jose N. Rodriquez Memorial Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, V. Luna Medical Center, Pasig City General Hospital, Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center, Ospital ng Maynila, Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital, Batangas Medical Center, and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.
The Philippines is in the midst of a new wave of COVID-19 infections led by the emergence of the Omicron variant of the virus.