Starting on April 14, The Manila Times' school in Subic that was converted into a temporary treatment facility for persons infected with Covid-19 will accept patients.
The government will formally launch on Wednesday the 300-bed capacity mega quarantine center, which was built at The Manila Times College (TMTC)-Subic campus.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., testing czar Vivencio Dizon, isolation czar Mark Villar and treatment czar Leopoldo Vega will lead the inauguration of temporary treatment and monitoring facility (TTMF).
The event will also be attended by Office of Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad, Subic Mayor Jonathan John Khonghun, Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr., Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman and Administrator Wilma Eisma, and TMTC President and Chief Executive Officer Dante Francis Ang 2nd.
This comes as hospitals around the country are running out of intensive care unit (ICU) beds for critical Covid-19 patients amid the surge in infections.
In a briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Galvez said based on their projection, at least 2 percent of all active cases are critical and the government needs to provide 600 additional ICU beds in Metro Manila.
There are 1,395 ICU beds in the National Capital Region (NCR), with the government looking at adding 1,350 regular beds for those with moderate and mild symptoms as well as for those who are asymptomatic.
"Sa ngayon, may more than 100,000 na po tayo na active case and normally 2 percent po noon ay severe at saka critical. So, we will be needing 2,000 beds for severe and critical (Right now, we have more than 100,000 active cases and normally, about 2 percent are severe and critical [cases]. So, we will be needing 2,000 beds for severe and critical [cases])," Galvez told Duterte.
"Ang current inventory po natin ay 1,395 ICU beds, so nangangailangan pa po tayo ng total na 605 ICU beds (We have 1,395 ICU beds in our current inventory, so we need a total of 605 ICU beds)," he added.
To address the shortage, Galvez said the government and local government unit (LGU) hospitals and TTMFs have committed to build more beds so they can accommodate more patients.
He said 1,178 additional beds for moderate and severe cases as well as 1,045 additional beds for mild and asymptomatic cases are being built by the government and LGU hospitals, and TTMFs in the NCR, Region 3 (Central Luzon) and Region 4A (Calabarzon).
Villar on Tuesday said the government was looking to build 15 units of modular hospitals with a bed capacity of over 500 before the end of April.
"By the end of this month, we will have 512 and by next month, we will be building additional, at least nationwide additional. Almost 300 will be operational by next month.
So, there will be a big improvement in our critical utilization [capacity] and we will not stop building modular facilities," he said in a virtual press conference.
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