Lung Center needs portalets, ventilating fans

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Posted at Mar 26 2020 09:07 AM

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MANILA -- The Lung Center of the Philippines is in need of more equipment in order to transform the hospital into a referral center for the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Antonio Ramos, manager of the administrative services department of the hospital, said the hospital needs at least 20 KDK ventilating fans, CCTV cameras and portalets.

THe Lung Center is adding wards to accommodate at least 80 COVID-19 patients in the building.

"Nakikita namin na kulang pa rin. Kaya ginagawa po namin ay continuously nagdadagdag kami ng mga wards. May mga kwarto na pwedeng i-turn into wards. Tinitignan po namin kung pwede po siyang gawing isolation wards. Tinitignan namin ang ventilation, tinitignan namin 'yong isolation at palagi po kapag nagbubukas po kami siyempre po napupuno rin siya," he said in a radio DZMM interview.

"Kaya mayroon pa kaming mga bubuksan na mga kwarto hopefully within the next 3 days para naman taasan namin 'yong aming partisipasyon sa aming laban dito sa COVID-19. Hopefully, may one or two weeks na kumpleto na po namin lahat ng kwartong maaari naming ibigay."

The hospital also needs separate rooms for patients with other illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has designated the Lung Center of the Philippines and two other hospitals, the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital and the Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital as COVID-19 hospitals.