MANILA, Philippines — The government continues to ensure Filipinos will have access to quality health care services, Sen. Bong Go said yesterday during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Northern Tagalog Regional Hospital (NTRH) in Barangay San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal.
“Access to quality health care services is a right of every Filipino. We must continue to work hard towards fulfilling this goal, especially amid the ongoing pandemic,” Go stressed.
A project of the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the local government, the NTRH is set to become the first DOH-run hospital in the province.
“To the people of Rizal, as your Batangueño neighbor and adopted son of the CALABARZON region, I am always ready to help you as much as I can and you can count on my support, especially in such health projects,” Go said in Filipino.
Go pushed to include the funding for the NTRH’s initial construction phases in this year’s national budget. The hospital would give a much-needed boost to the province’s response to future health crises.
“We have worked with the Senate to raise funds so that the construction of the NTRH can begin this year. I hope this will end before the end of President Duterte’s term because the President does not want pending or unfinished projects,” he said.
Go also applauded the untiring service and sacrifice of medical frontliners to defeat the pandemic. “Frontliners, doctors, nurses, health workers, from President Duterte, thank you for your sacrifice during this time,” said Go.
He reminded residents with medical concerns to seek treatment from the Malasakit Centers in Rizal, namely Margarito A. Duavit Memorial Hospital in Binangonan, Antipolo City Hospital System Annex IV (Mambugan) in Antipolo City, Bagong Cainta Municipal Hospital in Cainta and Casimiro A. Ynares Sr. Memorial Hospital in Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said construction for the additional modular hospital at the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) in Quezon City has started.
In the vacant space of LCP, five modular hospital units with a capacity of 110 beds will be built to accommodate more moderate, severe and critical COVID-19 patients. Layout plans for three of the five units have already been approved.
Villar revealed that DPWH would soon deliver an off-site hemodialysis facility with 20-patient treatment room at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI). Up to 60 patients per day can be served in the modular facility.
“The modular hemo-facility as requested by NKTI management was planned as a satellite unit on the hospital compound for support services as required for COVID-19 patients with compromised kidney needing to undergo regular lifesaving hemodialysis treatment,” Villar said.
The DPWH also built an off-site modular dormitory with 16 air-conditioned rooms with toilet and double deck beds to serve as temporary shelter for about 32 NKTI health workers.