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MORE ROOMS AT LUNG CENTER FOR COVID-19 BY END JUNE

Public Works and Highways Secretary and isolation czar Mark Villar announced that the Lung Center of the Philippines will have additional rooms for management and treatment of COVID-19 patients by the end of June.

Villar said that the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Health Facilities is fast-tracking the ongoing construction of five cluster units of modular hospital facilities for moderate to severe and critical cases at the Lung Center compound in Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

“Three cluster units with 66 rooms are targeted for completion in June while the remaining two cluster units will be delivered in July.”

In his report to the public works chief, Undersecretary and Task Force Head Emil Sadain said that three cluster units with 66 rooms are targeted for completion in June while the remaining two cluster units will be delivered in July.

“DPWH, playing a pivotal role in the response to the COVID-19 crisis, will also complete in July a 16-room dormitory equipped with double-decker beds for 32 healthcare workers of the Lung Center,” he added.

To ensure that the project conforms to DPWH design standard for health facilities, Sadain together with Task Force members Director Aristarco Doroy and Assistant Director Edgardo Garces inspected the project recently.

At present, frame and roofing work for the off-site modular hospitals were already completed with workers now doing room partition, flooring, and electrical wiring.

“The project at Lung Center is extremely significant.”

Sadain said that the project at Lung Center is extremely significant since this hospital receives the most number of patients with respiratory conditions.

The management of Lung Center plans to utilize the one-cluster unit with 22 beds as an additional intensive care unit (ICU) while the four-cluster units with 88 beds are designed to house a typical hospital facility.

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