The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) set up an emergency tent last April 2021, after reports of patients dying outside the hospital premises during the COVID-19 surge that led to the hospital exceeding the critical level of 70% of new COVID-19 cases in the national capital region.
PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon immediately deployed an emergency field hospital at the Lung Center of the Philippines and National Kidney Transplant Institute to serve as an extension ward to the hospitals, catering to mild to moderate COVID-19 cases.
“We are in a war situation against COVID-19. The health care system in the NCR plus region is challenged due to the increasing cases of Covid-positive individuals. Through the emergency field hospitals of the Red Cross, this will help serve more patients needing immediate health care,” according to Chairman Gordon.
PRC has deployed 108 tents in total, having served more than 32,194 patients needing immediate healthcare.
According to Sen. Dick Gordon, these emergency tents are equipped with medical equipment such as oxygen tanks, ECG machine, PPV and Intubation set, Automated External Defibrillator, and other basic ward facilities that make PRC be always ready in every situation where help is needed.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) opens its isolation facilities for the single-room household to avoid transmission among family members during the rise in COVID-19 cases last April 2021.
The sudden surge of COVID-positive cases in March 2021 heightened the need for facilities that care for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms. The pressure became so intense that PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon invited MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and LGU Mayors on Good Friday to present his plan to address this crisis, the conversion of idle classrooms into isolation facilities.
The enthusiastic response of the MMDA Chairman and the Metro Manila Mayors prompted Sen. Gordon to put the plan into action. A call to Ateneo de Manila University President Roberto Yap, University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion and Bro. Armin Luistro of the De La Salle Brothers created an unused classroom to accommodate residents of Quezon City and Manila affected by COVID-19.
These repurposed classrooms and facilities house asymptomatic and mild patients, to allow them to be isolated for 14 days away from their households. These individuals are provided with essential needs such as beds, toiletries, isolation kits, and food.
The PRC isolation facility is only one among the various initiatives dedicated to enhancing the management of COVID-19 in the country. Since then, PRC also sets up Isolation facilities in Makati Science High school, which features a family room, for families affected by COVID-19. PRC opened its Isolation facility at Adamson University after Hospicio de San Jose asked for help to isolate the senior citizens residing in the welfare institution.
PRC Isolation Facility is only one among the various PRC initiatives dedicated to enhancing the management of COVID-19 in the country.
“Kapag ang tao at ang lider ay nagsama-sama, lalabas ang tibay at galing natin laban sa pandemya. PRC led by our team of staff and volunteers will continue to innovate and cooperate to keep the virus at bay and alleviate its impact on the most vulnerable,” Chairman Gordon said.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon strongly advises the public to always keep their guard up as COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise. The Department of Health (DOH) recorded the third single-day tally with 20,019 new covid cases that bring the country’s caseload to 2,080,984. In addition, the entire NCR, except for Manila, is at Alert Level 4 as the Delta variant is detected across all areas.
PRC is going above and beyond to beat the pandemic by deploying Bakuna Buses nationwide, vaccinating thousands of Filipinos daily. PRC also established different Bakuna Centers nationwide, continues operation of its emergency field hospital and isolation facilities, and leads the country for COVID-19 testing, having conducted over 4 million tests with an average additional tests of 8,000 daily
“We need to protect ourselves from this virus. Dapat lahat tayo ay magpabakuna in order to protect not just ourselves, but also the people around us. Importante din na tayo ay regular na magpatest, dahil through testing dito natin malalaman kung tayo ay positive o hindi,” Dick Gordon said.
As the premier humanitarian organization, PRC has been working tirelessly as an auxiliary to the government in its fight against COVID-19.
Since the declaration of a public health emergency, PRC has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response program to alleviate human suffering and uplift the dignity of the people.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) extends its Emergency Field Hospital (EFH) operations at the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) until October 2021, due to the rising cases of COVID-19, after it recorded an all-time high of 22,366 new cases last August 30, 2021.
LCP Executive Director Dr. Vincent Balanag, Jr, wrote a letter to Sen. Dick Gordon, requesting a two month extension of the PRC field hospital as the LCP hospital has been operating at full capacity for the past 2 weeks.
PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon immediately heed to the call for help from LCP, allowing the PRC Field hospital to extend for another 2 months.
“With 22, 366 cases reported today, the highest of recorded single-day tally since the start of this pandemic, we recognize the importance of the continuity of our service. Our emergency field hospital gives comfort not just to our patients, but knowing that there is a fully equipped surge-capacity health facility where they can be assessed and managed immediately,” Sen. Gordon said.
The EFH at LCP started in April to support the hospital in its operation serving as an emergency room extension equipped with basic ward facilities that will cater to mild to moderate cases.
“Hindi na natin hahayaan na may mamatay pa sa labas ng ospital kakaantay, kaagad natin ipinatayo ang mga emergency field hospital to give proper medical attention to especially to the most vulnerable,” Gordon said.