As hospitals all over the region are reaching their capacity limits, more modular health facilities are being delivered in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) by the Department of Health Region IV-A (DOH 4-A).According to PIA, DOH 4-A turned over a total of 16 collapsible tents to priority health facilities, which will serve as an emergency intensive case unit (ICU) and ward of COVID-19 patients. Each tent is said to be 60 square-meter costing around P294,850 and can accommodate up to 44 patients. Regional Director Eduardo Janairo also said that, “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.”Based on the report, 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.“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,” Janairo said.

Source and photo: PIA