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Bong Go lauds opening of DOH-Quezon Institute Off-Site Modular Hospital, urges gov’t to provide more health facilities to treat COVID-19 patients

April 07, 2021 - Wednesday 5:04 PM by MDM

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday, April 6, attended the blessing and turn-over ceremony of the Department of Health-Quezon Institute Off-Site Modular Hospital in Quezon City. Being the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go was invited to inspect the facility during the ceremony. 

The modular facility is a 110-bed capacity off-site modular hospital extension of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center located at the Quezon Institute. It aims to augment beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients in Metro Manila. 

“Isa ito sa mga panawagan ko noong nakaraang mga araw para masigurong may matatakbuhan ang ating mga kababayan na may COVID-19 lalo na yung mga malubha na ang kalagayan,” Go shared. 

The facility is equipped with dormitories and amenities, such as kitchen, pantry and laundry room. It can also accommodate a total of 64 healthcare workers. Medical specialists, such as infectious disease consultants, pulmonologists, cardiologists, nephrologists, pathologists, radiologists, geriatricians and internists, will be assigned in the facility. 

“Dapat handa tayo parati. Ayaw nating makitang may pasyente na naghihingalo at hindi man lang matulungan ng gobyerno. Ngayon mayroon na tayong mga modular na ospital na kumpleto ang gamit, may oxygen [tanks] at monitoring [tools]. Pwede ito sa severe cases na may respiratory issues,” Go explained. 

“Dagdagan pa po natin ang mga ganitong pasilidad para maisalba ang buhay ng kapwa nating Pilipino. Huwag natin hayaan na may mamamatay dahil walang malapitang pasilidad na mag-aalaga at gagamot sa kanila,” he appealed. 

Go earlier appealed to concerned agencies, with the help of the private sector, to expedite the construction and expansion of more modular facilities and tents equipped with COVID-19 isolation areas and ICU beds to cater particularly to those with severe conditions.  

“Habang patuloy ang ating pagbabakuna at pinapaigting rin natin ang mga patakaran upang maiwasan ang hawahan, siguraduhin rin natin na sapat ang mga pasilidad para sa mga nagkakasakit. Patuloy ang pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19, kaya kailangan maging mas ready tayo,” he added. 

Go lauded the continuing efforts of the government to provide more isolation facilities for people with mild and moderate COVID-19 cases. He, however, emphasized the need for more facilities that can handle severe and critical conditions. 

“Bilang Senate Committee Chair on Health ay nananawagan po ako sa Executive (Branch), kay Pangulong Duterte, na maglagay pa po ng mga ICU tent o modular (hospital) na tulad po nito. Plano nating maglagay pa sa Mindanao,” Go said. 

In response, concerned government agencies continue to identify locations where modular hospitals and tents equipped with ICU beds may be installed, or existing structures that can be transformed into temporary health facilities to accommodate severe COVID-19 cases.

The Senator also said that he had talked to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. about using hotels and similar structures conducive for mild and moderate case-patients who can be treated outside hospitals. Go added that this will decongest hospitals so they could accommodate those with severe COVID-19 cases.

“Sa ngayon, meron nang 5 units with 110 beds dito sa Quezon Institute. Meron ring one unit with 22 beds sa Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital. Sa Lung Center of the Philippines naman, merong one unit with 16 beds,” he said. 

“Mama-manage natin ng maayos ang active cases lalo na ang mga kritikal na kaso. Plano rin ng gobyerno na dagdagan ang mga hotel quarantine facilities para sa health workers,” he continued. 

New units are also being added at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute and Batangas City which will provide space for 60 and 44 additional beds, correspondingly. Meanwhile, plans are underway to raise the bed capacity by 88 beds at the LCP, 88 more beds at the Quezon Institute, and 44 beds at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. 

In his speech, Go applauded medical frontliners all over the country for their untiring service and sacrifice especially amid the ongoing pandemic. 

“Mga frontliners, doctors, nurses, health workers, mula po sa amin ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte, maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong sakripisyo sa panahong ito,” said Go. 

“Konting tiis lang po, kayo naman po ang nakakaalam sa labang ito. Kumbaga sa giyera, kayo po ang isinabak dito dahil alam n’yo po ang field na ito... Tulungan n’yo ang ating mga kababayan. ‘Wag n’yo po silang pabayaan,” he added.

The Senator also expressed his gratitude to Visayan frontliners who have expressed willingness to be deployed in the National Capital Region Plus bubble to augment the medical force in the area. 

“As we construct facilities, we also need to augment our medical frontliners in critical areas where significant numbers have been overburdened or, worst, also infected with COVID-19,” he said, encouraging more frontliners from all over the country to volunteer and be deployed in critical areas needing augmentation of medical personnel. 

Meanwhile, the Senator advised government officials to focus on their mandate to serve Filipinos, especially in their time of need and not be derailed by criticisms. 

“Konting tiis lang po. Hayaan n’yo muna ang mga bumabatikos. Sabi ko nga po, ito ang panahon na magtulungan tayo at hindi ito panahon para magsisihan tayo. Ako naman, bilang Senador, suportado ko po kayo — ang Team Philippines,” said Go.

Ending his speech, Go assured of his continuing commitment to help Filipinos amid the ongoing crisis. 

“Ako po, kalabitin n’yo lang po ako anytime, 24 hours, tawagan n’yo po ako. Magseserbisyo po kami sa inyo. Tutulungan po namin kayo, hindi po namin kayo pababayaan,” said Go. 

“Sa abot ng aming makakaya ni Pangulong Duterte, patuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyo,” he ended.

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