The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has turned-over to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Medical Corps the newly-completed health facility for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum Halls in Pasay City.

According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the makeshift hospital at the PICC Forum Tent has 294 patient cubicles, and 6 nurse stations.

A total of six smart houses outside the Forum building were also turned-over to PNP to be used in the accommodation of health workers.

Hospital beds and other equipment, such as IV stands, wheelchairs, defibrillators, are now installed in the PICC facility. It will also have a mobile pharmacy and a mobile X-ray machine.

“The PICC health facility that will cater to patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19.”

Villar said the PNP Medical Corps will manage the operation of the fully-airconditioned PICC health facility that will cater to COVID-19 patients who are classified as being mild to moderate cases.

In partnership with EEI and Vista Land Group, the DPWH completed the PICC health facility three days ahead of its schedule, working round-the-clock.

PNP chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa, on behalf of the 16 police medical and healthcare frontliners and 42 non-medical security augmentation contingent from the national headquarters who will assume their posts today, has extended his appreciation to Villar and his DPWH Team for completing the project in record time.

“Completing way ahead of schedule manifests the responsiveness of DPWH to the urgency of the situation.”

“Completing way ahead of schedule manifests the responsiveness of DPWH to the urgency of the situation to make this facility operational as soon as possible to accept COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate cases,” said Gamboa.

Gamboa said the establishment of the PICC facility is in line with the desire of President Rodrigo Duterte to mobilize the entire government machinery to respond to the national health emergency.


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