THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Thursday it is preparing to turn-over additional hospital facilities at the Lung Center of the Philippines for patients’ treatment, which is seen to help manage a potential surge in coronavirus cases, especially with the reported more transmissible Delta variant.  

The facilities, consisting of three off-site cluster units located within the hospital compound, are expected to be completed by Aug. 9. These modular hospital units have a combined 66 beds.   

“Construction of additional two cluster units with 44 rooms are also nearing completion, with one cluster unit to be assigned as intensive care unit facility for patients needing higher level of medical monitoring and complex treatment,” the department said.  

The government will also construct a 16-room off-site dormitory for 32 people.  

“The inclusion of dormitory facility with kitchen and laundry area as temporary living quarters for off-duty hospital workers is meant to improve the billeting conditions of Lung Center frontliners,” DPWH said. — Arjay L. Balinbin