Robredo urges LGUs, private sector to set up mobile labs to help decongest hospitals

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 14) — Vice President Leni Robredo has urged local government units and the private sector to put up mobile laboratories to help decongest hospitals that now have their hands full attending to COVID-19 patients.

In a video she posted Wednesday on Facebook Live, Robredo said her office has set up a temporary mobile laboratory in Quezon City that offers X-ray and blood testing services for those who have used their teleconsultation platform "Bayanihan E-Konsulta."

In the video, she pointed to a van which carried these mobile services, with at least two ambulance vehicles on the side that are ready to transport or accommodate waiting patients.

"Naisip ko lang pong i-share sa inyo ito, dahil very doable siya lalo na sa mga LGU na grabe 'yung congestion sa mga ospital," Robredo said. "'Yung mga pasyente hindi na nila kailangang pumila pa sa mga ospital, pwedeng kahit once a week kumuha na lang ng ganito, mag-assign ng mga pasyenteng titingnan ito."

[Translation: I thought of sharing this because this is very doable especially for LGUs that have the worst congestions in their hospitals. Patients do not need to line up in hospitals anymore, authorities can tap these services for at least once a week, then assign patients who can check them out.]

"Naghahanap kami ng alternative kung papaano makakatulong tayo sa decongestion ng ospital," Robredo explained. "Minsan magpapa-x-ray lang [sa ospital], 'yung line napakatagal."

[Translation: We are looking for alternative ways to help decongest hospitals. Sometimes, those who would like to have an x-ray need to endure long lines in hospitals.]

Robredo said this move would also help reduce possible COVID-19 transmission in localities.

Last week, the Office of the Vice President launched Bayanihan E-Konsulta which runs via Facebook and Messenger, allowing volunteer doctors to assess the condition of outpatient cases with limited resources and access to medical services.

Robredo's office also sent out COVID-19 care packages which include basic medicines, a pulse oximeter and a thermometer to monitor the health status of patients who used the online platform.

READ: Robredo's office launches free teleconsultation platform

The OVP has also launched the "Swab Cab" project, a free mobile antigen testing program to help detect COVID-19 cases in localities where transmission is very high.