THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will begin construction of temporary dormitories for healthcare workers beginning first week of June at Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
Secretary Mark Villar said the proposed "We Heal as One Offsite Dormitory" by the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility aptly located at Quezon Memorial Circle is a much needed facility for healthcare workers to recharge the mind and body after a strenuous day at the frontlines of Covid-19.
In his report to Villar, Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain said inspection of proposed actual sites of planned six offsite dormitories at Quezon Memorial Circle was conducted Saturday, May 30, by DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Health Facility together with representatives from the Quezon City local government.
Undersecretary Sadain said the offsite dormitories for medical personnel are intended for medical personnel of East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, V. Luna Medical Center and other hospital workers.
While DPWH has contributed to the national government efforts of building quarantine facilities by converting public buildings and spaces into Covid-19 "We Heal as One Center" for the isolation and treatment of patients, it is also important to give high priority in addressing the need for accommodation facilities of medical personnel to ensure their safety and efficiency in the delivery of their health services, said Sadain.
On instructions of Villar, the DPWH Task Force headed by Undersecretary Sadain has earlier presented and discussed with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte the concept and prepared plans for the setting up of purpose-built dormitories made of collapsible components to temporarily house medical doctors and hospital staff.
The mayor expressed her full support to the DPWH initiative of building off-site dormitories at Quezon Memorial Circle which is proximate to major hospitals in Quezon City dealing in the fight against Covid-19.
Based on the design plans prepared by the DPWH Task Force, a one-story dormitory can have 16 rooms with separate toilets by joining together assembled two 40-foot modular containers on both left and right sides with the middle space for common dining and separate space for laundry and kitchen area at the end.
A one off-site dormitory can accommodate 32 medical personnel who will be spared from travelling from hospital to home for a short rest.
Once no longer needed, the temporary dormitories can be disassembled and each of the components can be safely stored by DPWH for other related requirements such as temporary shelter during disaster/calamity response. (PR)