Gov't eyes building COVID-dedicated hospitals in Metro Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21) — The government wants to build hospitals dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients in critical condition, an official said.

Chief Implementer of the national policy against COVID-19 Carlito Galvez, during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte which aired on Tuesday, said he will recommend the construction of four hospitals in Metro Manila strictly for COVID-19 patients.

Several hospitals in Metro Manila have earlier reported that their intensive care facilities for COVID-19 patients have reached full capacity.

Galvez said dedicated hospitals for COVID-19 will help address problems of medical centers that also admit non-COVID patients. He said this will avoid compromising the health of other patients like those undergoing dialysis or chemotherapy.

He added that the aim is to replicate the construction of Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, which was built in 10 days.

"We will be recommending na kung magkakaroon ng zoning sa NCR (National Capital Region), na meron po tayong four na COVID hospitals," he said.

The national government said on Tuesday that almost 50 percent ICU beds are occupied, with only 693 beds available.