DPWH eyes more shelters for S. Leyte health workers

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is identifying more locations in Southern Leyte for the construction of accommodation facilities for health workers battling the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).


In a press statement on Friday, DPWH Southern Leyte chief Ma. Margarita Junia said its planning and design team have started this week, validating sites in the towns of Hinunangan, San Juan, Pintuyan, Padre Burgos, and Lilioan.


“We are still in the process of assessing the various sites. Our office is constantly coordinating with local government units for the drafting of layout and plan of the facility. Once we come up with the final layout, we will immediately start the construction,” she added.


At present, the DPWH field office is building a PHP15-million accommodation facility for health workers in Maasin City, the provincial capital.


The four single-story buildings located inside the compound of Salvacion Oppus Yñiguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH) in Dongon village can house a maximum of 32 people, Junia said.


“Each building will have eight beds divided by wooden partitions equipped with air-conditioning units. The program of work also includes the construction of a kitchen area, dining hall, and common toilet facilities in each building,” she added.


The infrastructure agency targets to complete the project on Aug. 30, 2020.


Junia said this will be maintained and operated by the SOYMPH and the Department of Health (DOH) once completed.


“These facilities are solely for use by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals in the province. It is also important that we address not only the need for quarantine facilities for Covid-19 patients and returning residents but also the need for accommodation facilities of our medical front-liners,” she added.


Since the outbreak, the province has confirmed a total of 104 cases, based on the DOH monitoring report.


Meanwhile, Eastern Visayas has confirmed a total of 760 cases, including 644 recoveries and three deaths in Leyte, Biliran, and Samar.


The DOH attributed the region’s surge in infections since the start of June to the testing of returning residents, including repatriated overseas Filipino workers and locally stranded individuals, mostly from Metro Manila and Cebu.


To date, the region has 113 active Covid-19 cases housed in isolation and quarantine facilities. (PNA)


Philippines News Agency


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