In order to protect its staff and patients’ bubble, suspect COVID-19 patients are required to wait for their RT PCR results before they can be admitted. Hence, the management deemed it urgent to respond to the long queue of patients waiting outside the hospital.

To address the emergency concern, doctors, nurses, administrative staff, allied health professionals, institutional workers, and Dr. Maria Lourdes Otayza, the hospital’s chief herself, voluntarily worked and painted together to put up the temporary field hospital. From the donations of the Ilocano community and scrap materials of the Engineering and Facilities Management, the employees were able to build the field cubicles in one day to accommodate the surge.

Otayza plans to put up another field hospital as Ilocos Norte had reached more than 1000 COVID-19 cases, in the past days. Yesterday, July 14, the province recorded at l21 new COVID-19 cases, one of the highest single-day tally in the province since the pandemic began last year.

The Field Hospital 1 will be blessed today and will be utilized as soon as the final cleaning has been completed. The MMMHMC welcomes donations to construct another Field Hospital. - Clenntroy Vicka Guzman