Construction firm retrofits UP-PGH wards for Covid-19 patients
By Angela Casco
Challenging times call for swift measures—or at least D.M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI) likes to demonstrate in its latest project.
The construction firm has retrofitted two wards at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) meant for treating coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients and housing persons under investigation (PUIs).
RETROFITTED TO A T These wards at UP-PGH have negative pressure rooms that prevent cross-contamination from room to room.
The facilities, which DMCI managed to finish in five days, two days ahead of the deadline, have negative pressure rooms. An isolation technique used in hospitals and medical centers to prevent cross-contamination from room to room, these rooms suck in contaminated air, ventilators, and separate access points for patients and medical staff.
“To fast track the construction process and control exposure of its workers, DMCI prefabricated off site partition walls, exhaust frames, and stairs needed to isolate Covid-19 facility from the rest of the hospital,” the firm has written in a statement. “A dedicated team of DMCI workers then handled the installation of the prefabricated materials.”
Jorge Consunji, DMCI president and CEO, credits the project’s speedy completion to everyone who responded to the call of action amid the growing number of Covid-19 cases.
“Much of the credit goes to our workers who rose to the challenge of delivering this project on-time and in accordance with social distancing and sanitation protocols,” he says. “We also commend the management of UP-PGH architect Dan Lichauco and Bloomberry Foundation for supporting our workers throughout the construction work.”
This retrofitted UP-PGH facility is one of the three government-designated Covid-19 referral hospitals in the National Capital Region, the other two being Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City and Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City.