DPWH converts shipping containers into hospitals for potential COVID-19 carriers


Posted at Apr 24 2020 02:45 PM

A man works under the public works departments' initiative of converting shipping containers into mobile hospitals for potential COVID-19 patients. Photo courtesy of the DPWH

MANILA - The Department of Public Works and Highways said Friday it was converting shipping containers into field hospitals for the isolation and treatment of probable coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

The agency plans to join 4 shipping containers to create one mobile hospital that can accommodate 16 patients. Each 40-footer container will be divided into 4 properly ventilated rooms with their own toilet and bath, based on the health department's recommendations, said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The DPWH also prepared design plans for converting high cube shipping containers 20 feet long into nurse stations, utility room and separate temporary quarters for male and female healthcare workers.

"While spread of infection seems to have slowed down because of the enhanced community quarantine, we just have to be ready in the event that the situation worsens," he said in a statement.

The mobile hospitals could be installed in "any available hospital grounds or open public spaces," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended the quarantine of Metro Manila and several other areas until May 15.