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.