20-bed tent hospital established-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
THE Philippine Red Cross yesterday set up a tent hospital on the grounds of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 along N. Bacalso Ave. for the use of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
The CCMC was forced to transfer after its 45-year-old building across the fire station was badly damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.
In an interview yesterday, the City’s Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management operation officer Alvin Santillana said the tent hospital was the assistance that Philippine Red Cross chairperson Richard Gordon vowed to extend to Cebu City following the earthquake.
Gordon visited the CCMC temporary hospital last Sunday.
Santillana said the tent hospital is 10 meters by 20 meters wide, or equivalent to at least 10 regular tents.
He said the tent hospital is inside the BFP’s sports complex, which can accommodate at least 20 beds. It will be used as a general ward.
The CCMC temporary hospital already has 60 beds. With the tent hospital, there will be a total of 80 beds once the CCMC resumes its operations next week.
However, it won’t accept psychiatric cases and patients with communicable diseases, said Councilor Dave Tumulak. All other cases, including surgery and emergency, will be accepted, though.
He said the city’s indigents will be prioritized, adding that non-city residents will be referred to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
Admissions will be limited considering the limited space.
The CCMC building, which is now condemned, sits on a 1.2-hectare property, while the temporary hospital sits on a 7,000-square-meter-area on the BFP 7 grounds.
The ownership of the property where BFP stands is being claimed both by BFP and the City Government.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 01, 2013.