Part of the 156 EQF beds with A/C units, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, built in call systems , access to wifi connectivity, restrooms, shower areas, nurses’ station and lounges.
As a swift response to the need for more appropriate accommodations to house and treat patients affected by (COVID-19), SM, through SM Foundation, constructed seven (7) insulated emergency quarantine facilities (EQFs) in Pasay and Quezon City.
The facilities, built by the SM Engineering Design and Development (SM EDD) and WTA Architecture and Design Studio, are located at the Air Force General Hospital – Villamor Air Base in Pasay City; and at AFP Health Service Command – V. Luna (two facilities) and Camp Crame (four facilities) in Quezon City.
President of SM EDD, Hans ‘Chico’ Sy Jr., shared that the SM Group sat down and talked with health authorities to identify how the company can further participate in the country's collective efforts against COVID-19.
“As the confirmed cases of coronavirus grow in the country each day, hospitals, with their medical frontliners and staff, are working tirelessly to contain the spread of COVID-19. The construction of these quarantine facilities with the needed amenities to provide proper care to COVID-19 patients, is SM’s meaningful contribution—aside from the medical supplies donation—to fight COVID-19,” Sy stated.
The facilities were completed within a span of around six to ten days and have a total of 156 beds, air conditioning units, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, restrooms, shower areas, and nurse lounges. The EQF can accommodate COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. In Camp Crame EQFs, each bed has a built-in call system and patients have an access to Wi-Fi connectivity. The construction of these seven insulated EQFs cost almost Php 5 million in total.