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Hospital group doubling capacity

AJ Bajo

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Manuel Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) is mobilizing the Metro Pacific Hospitals group to double the capacity of its 15 hospitals nationwide in a bid to ramp up efforts to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes as the 16-member hospitals group designated Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital located in Sta. Mesa, Manila as its main referral facility for COVID-related cases.

“By designating a hospital within the Group to be the main referral facility for PUM/PUI and COVID infected cases, we are aligning our efforts with the government to address the pandemic,” Pilar Nenuca Almira, head of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, said.

MPIC said the rest of its 15 hospitals nationwide have been tasked “to review their respective spaces, personnel complement and technical resources, with a view to doubling so that they can double their existing capacity for COVID-related patients to more than 600 beds.”

Should the pandemic heighten in the coming weeks, MPIC said its hospitals have been mandated to plan for supplemental tents with beds and requisite equipment for non-critical COVID cases in selected hospital grounds, as an extraordinary measure.

To coordinate activities amid the rising number of COVID-19 related cases, the Hospitals Group has also formed a crisis team with Almira as head.

“The country’s health care system faces unprecedented challenges because of the ongoing pandemic, caused by a virus that is unfamiliar, and seems easily transmitted. Our Hospitals Group are focusing their resources on critical concerns — particularly hospital care for the most critically-ill patients infected by COVID-19,” Pangilinan said.

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