Sen. Cynthia Villar

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - – Paolo Romero

continues to en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and re­spon­sive­ness of the Las Piñas Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Satel­lite Trauma Cen­ter in deal­ing with the pan­demic by do­nat­ing five units of hos­pi­tal equip­ment, which in­clude a pass­box, bi­o­log­i­cal freezer, bi­o­log­i­cal re­frig­er­a­tor, au­to­clave ster­il­izer and ven­ti­la­tor. Photo shows Dr. Ro­drigo Hao, hos­pi­tal med­i­cal di­rec­tor, re­ceiv­ing the bi­o­log­i­cal re­frig­er­a­tor and pass­box, part of the P1.2 mil­lion worth of equip­ment do­nated by the se­na­tor.

Sen. Cynthia Villar has do­nated equip­ment to the Las Piñas Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Satel­lite Trauma Cen­ter (LPGH & STC) to boost its ca­pa­bil­ity to care for coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 (COVID-19) pa­tients.

She re­cently turned over a pass­box, bi­o­log­i­cal freezer, bi­o­log­i­cal re­frig­er­a­tor, au­to­clave ster­il­izer and ven­ti­la­tor to the hos­pi­tal.

“Now, more than ever, it is cru­cial for our lo­cal hospi­tals to have the nec­es­sary equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties to cope with COVID-19 cases on top of their reg­u­lar pa­tients,” she said.

“The pan­demic is putting so much pres­sure on hospi­tals and front­lin­ers, we need to sup­port and equip them,” said Villar, who has been sup­port­ing her home city’s hos­pi­tal since she was a con­gress­woman.

She au­thored Re­pub­lic Act 9240 in 2004 that con­verted the then Las Piñas District Hos­pi­tal into LPGH & STC and in­creased the bed ca­pac­ity of the hos­pi­tal from 50 then to the present 200 beds.

She re­cently filed Se­nate Bill 143 to in­crease in the bed ca­pac­ity of LPGH & STC from the present 200 to 500 beds and up­grade its ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties and pro­fes­sional health­care ser­vices.

The pro­posed bill has been ap­proved in the Se­nate. A coun­ter­part mea­sure at the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, au­thored by Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar, was passed last March 2.

The se­na­tor has ear­marked P500 mil­lion this year to fund the ex­pan­sion of LPGH & STC. The con­struc­tion of the ad­di­tional eight-story build­ing is slated to be fin­ished next year. Last year, she also chan­nelled P144 mil­lion to pur­chase the land and start the hos­pi­tal build­ing’s con­struc­tion.

Villar said the hos­pi­tal’s ex­pan­sion would pro­vide sep­a­rate build­ings for COVID-19 and non-COVID pa­tients to avoid the spread of the virus.

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