The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) ended its two-month extension of the Emergency Field Hospital (EFH) operations at the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) on October 31, 2021. The EFH, which first started in April 2020, extended its operation due to the rising cases of COVID-19 after it recorded an all-time high of 22,366 new cases last August 30, 2021.
The EFH started last April 2021 through the directives of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon to support the hospital in its operation, serving as an emergency room extension equipped with basic ward facilities to serve mild to moderate cases.
“Kaagad natin ipinatayo ang Emergency Field Hospital, dahil marami ang namatay at hindi ma admit dahil puno na ang mga ospital. Dahil sa pagbaba ng kaso, hindi ito ang panahon upang maging complacent tayo sa mga health protocols. Patuloy natin sundin ang mga safety protocols, magpabakuna at magpatest upang maiwasan natin ang hawaan kontra COVID-19,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
To date, PRC EFH at the Lung Center of the Philippines has served 370 individuals with mild to moderate cases. PRC will always be ready to set up its field hospital when the need for it arises. PRC will continue to abide by its mantra to be always first, always ready, and always there.
“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 added.