CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA) -- The government on Thursday launched the round-the-clock "One Hospital" Command Center in Makati City leading to a more resilient and responsive healthcare system in Metro Manila amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) member agencies and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) led the launch of the centralized hub linking all hospitals and health care facilities in the National Capital Region helping streamline and boost coordination of care across hospital systems and expand patient access to timely treatment.
The launching, held at the MMDA Gymnasium in Guadalupe, was attended by MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano, IATF-EID Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Deputy Chief Implementer of the IATF's National Action Plan Against COVID-19 and BCDA president Vince Dizon, and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega.
The One Hospital Command Center is expected to establish links among healthcare stakeholders and provide real-time situational awareness on hospital capacity and availability of medical personnel especially during this time of public health emergency.
"Launching of One Hospital Command Center is timely and the system will help government to efficiently oversee coordination, referral of patients across health facilities and ensure to have enough hospital beds for moderate and severe COVID-19 cases," Galvez said.
Galvez said part of the NTF's fund would be allocated for the operations of the command center.
"Malaki ang magagawa ng command center, upang maiwasan na tumaas pa ang fatality rate na kung saan ay ipatutupad ang sistema para sa mabilis na paghihiwalay ng mga COVID patients, na nasa kategoryang asymptomatic at mild," he added.
For his part, Duque said the boost in coordination would help hospitals avoid reaching their critical capacities.
"Sa pamamagitan ng One Hospital Command ay maiiwasan din ang pagkapuno ng mga ospital," he said.
On the other hand, Treatment Czar Vega thanked everyone who chipped in terms of resources and efforts to make sure that the One Hospital Command Center will be running smoothly.
"The team will learn from their efforts from this launching on how best they can improve services for coordinated care," Vega said.
The One Hospital Command Center will also join into a unified system, the two command hubs of both the DOH and the NTF.
To recall, the One Hospital concept was formed last month amid some tertiary hospitals reaching critical bed capacity due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. (PIA NCR)