By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH)–Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) delivered a total of 16 collapsible tents to priority health facilities in the region to serve as an emergency intensive care unit (ICU) and ward for Covid patients.
“We have to augment and expand the capacity of our health facilities to accommodate the increasing number of Covid patients in the region. Hindi natin pwedeng sabihing puno na ang mga hospitals natin at hindi sila tanggapin. We have to find ways to help them. Buhay ng tao ang nakasalalay dito and we have to accept them. Naghihirap na nga sila, huwag na nating pahirapan pa. We must provide them the health access and service they need. Every health facility must be able to take care of patients seeking treatment,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
“The present Covid pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis that requires extraordinary amount of resources for an indefinite period of time. Lahat tayo dapat magtulungan to ensure that health facilities remain strong and stable in its ability to provide health care to all, especially during this time of pandemic.”
The 44-bed capacity modular tent will serve as an extension of the health facility. The tent has a 5-meter wide and 12-meter-long floor area. It is a closed tent, fully covered with soft PVC sidewall and with eave height. One modular tent cost Php294,850.
Among the sixteen (16) health facilities that received the heavy-duty collapsible tents were Carsigma District Hospital in GMA, General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City, Ospital ng Imus in Imus and Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Bacoor in the province of Cavite; General Cailles Memorial District Hospital in Pakil, Laguna Medical Center in Sta. Cruz, San Pablo City General Hospital in San Pablo City, and San Pablo City District Hospital in San Pablo City in Laguna; Bondoc Peninsula District Hospital in Catanauan, Claro M. Recto Memorial District Hospital in Infanta, Gumaca District Hospital in Gumaca, Magsaysay Memorial District Hospital in Lopez, Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City and RAKK Prophet Medical Center Inc. in Gumaca in the province of Quezon; San Juan District Hospital in San Juan and Mabini Community Hospital in Mabini in Batangas province.
Janairo also disclosed that the provinces of Rizal and Batangas are now at high risk in terms of bed occupancy rate with 77.8% and 74.3%, respectively.
“We have moderate risk for total beds occupancy rate for the provinces of Cavite (65.2%), Laguna 63.8% and Lucena City (65.2%). The province of Quezon is at low risk with 57.8%.”
“We have to be prepared to handle the influx of Covid patients not only from the provinces but also those of nearby Metro Manila. Our health facilities in the region are already accepting Covid patients from NCR for treatment and care,” he emphasized.
The four mega quarantine facilities in the region are now at 64% occupancy rate with a total of 534 admitted patients from a total number of 839 beds capacity.
As of April 6, 2021, a total of 100,440 Covid cases were recorded in the region with 16,860 active cases. There are 80,901 recoveries with 2,679 deaths. (AI/MTVN)