A 22-bed Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) facility next to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital main building in Bacolod City was turned over to the CLMMRH Saturday in the wake of the increasing COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental.
BioPower, ThomasLloyd, and co-donors through St. Scholastica’s Bacolod Alumnae Foundation and the Negrense Volunteers for Change donated the facility, a BioPower press release said yesterday.
“The BioPower Group continues to support our communities in managing this crisis. We believe the EID Facility will expand the capacity of the regional hospital in providing care to those recovering from COVID-19”, Arthur Aguilar, BioPower Group president, said.
Michael Airey, Thomas Lloyd Group Ltd., managing director and Asia Pacific CEO of Thomas Lloyd Group Ltd., said “We support all efforts being made to alleviate the effects of the pandemic, especially with our local partners and the people of Negros Occidental.”
Jack Celdran, BioPower senior manager for Stakeholders Management – External Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, said the EID Field Unit was constructed under the guidance of the CLMMRH medical officers.
“We support their efforts as they continue to serve our affected community members during these difficult times. We thank all co-donors through our partner foundations in helping us make this possible and in good time as transmission of the virus persists,” he said.
The air-conditioned facility has sufficient space for equipment, 22 individual accommodations for patients, and medical worker facilities. It was constructed and furnished to augment the original bed capacity of the hospital providing in-patient care to those affected, he added.
BioPower, on behalf of ThomasLloyd and the partner foundations, turned over the EID Facility to CLMMRH headed by Dr. Julius Drilon, to the OIC-Medical Center chief, Dr. Carmelo Canto, and the Hospital Emergency Incident Command chief, Dr. Franklin Delano Tumaneng.
The donation of the EID Facility comes after Mobile Swabbing Units and medical equipment were provided by BioPower and ThomasLloyd to the Negros Occidental and Bacolod City governments early this year, the press release said.*