Manila to Build 336-Bed COVID-19 Hospital in 60 Days
The City of Manila will build a 336-bed capacity COVID-19 field hospital in Rizal Park in only 60 days. The construction of the field hospital will take place within Rizal Park’s 2.8-hectare Burnham Green. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 20, led by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Vice Mayor Dr. Maria Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan.
Designed to serve patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, the hospital will be open to all Filipinos, whether they reside in Manila or not.
"Lahat ay welcome rito. Nobody will be left behind," said Moreno.
The temporary hospital project was first proposed on April 12 to the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) executive director Cecille Lorenzana Romero, and is already breaking ground one week after the project’s first meeting. The Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital is one of the fastest hospitals to be built in the metro.
The proposal was unanimously approved by the NPDC board of directors on April 13 and announced by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on April 14.
"Let us continue to work together in the spirit of bayanihan. We hope to see this replicated in LGUs in other parts of the country,” said Romulo-Puyat.
As hospitals reach overcapacity, the 336-bed hospital aims to decongest Manila’s six district hospitals so they can focus on more severe cases of COVID-19.
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