The nation’s capital city has officially started building its own field hospital for patients of COVID-19 — and even non-Manila residents can avail of its services.
As the rise of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) continues to force hospitals to run out of beds, the City of Manila stepped up for the challenge of building a medical field facility set to erect at the Burnham Green of the Rizal Park.
Manila chief executive Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagaso proudly announced on his social media pages the groundbreaking P154.4-million project.
“Ikinalulugod ko pong ibahagi sa inyo mga Batang Maynila na sisimulan na natin ang pagtatayo sa Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital na may lawak na 4,402 square meters. Mayroon itong 336 bed capacity para sa mild to moderate COVID-19 patients,” he wrote in his post.
According to Moreno, the field hospital will cater mild to moderate COVID-19 patients and will welcome even non-Manila residents.
“Lahat ay welcome dito. Nobody will be left behind. The City Government’s measures to fight the pandemic have always been inclusive. We have to approach this inclusively because it is a universal problem,” he stated.
Moreno went on to thank the national government for the support it had given the local government of Manila.
“Lubos po nating pinasasalamatan ang national government sa kanilang suporta sa inisyatibong ito. Ngayon po natin pinaka kailangan magtulungan para sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan. Ikinalulugod po namin sa LGU Manila ang pagdalo ng ilang ospisyal ng pamahalaang nasyunal sa ating groundbreaking kaninang umaga,” he remarked.
The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said 150 frontliners would be dispatched to the field hospital. Meanwhile, the City government already bared plans for additional beds should it reach full capacity.
Last March, the national government placed the NCR and neighboring provinces under stricter quarantine measures after it saw a spike in COVID-19 cases.