UP webinar to tackle spaces, hospital design amid COVID-19

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

The University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH), would like to invite you to join the fight against COVID-19.

Despite ongoing vaccination rollouts, strict observation of health protocols, and implementation of lockdowns now and then, one thing is for sure: COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon, and we all must adapt to the constantly changing so-called ‘new normal’.

While health care workers continue to sacrifice blood, sweat, and tears to provide care for COVID-19 patients, we realize that other illnesses and conditions—cancer, pregnancies, and maternal care, physical injuries, and so on—need just as much medical attention and routine follow-ups as those with the virus.

The pandemic has forced us to be more creative and innovative when organizing hospital space, utilizing spare rooms and corners, and making the most out of health centers to continue serving COVID and non-COVID patients without risking the spread of infection for the latter.

This Friday’s “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series episode, titled “Hospital Design: Nakakatulong ba a Pandemya?” has invited three speakers who will be sharing their ideas, expertise, and on-the-ground experience.

UP PGH Director Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi will present the One-Ward Concept implemented in the UP PGH. Meanwhile, Dr. Dennis P. Serrano, Medical Director of the St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, will provide the perspective from a private hospital. Lastly, renowned green architect Ma. Luisa Daya-Garcia will discuss the importance of green design not only for pandemics but for long-term sustainability and resilience against the backdrop of extreme weather conditions, floods, droughts, and other effects of increasing surface temperature and climate change.

The webinar, the 78th episode of the “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series, will run from 12 pm to 2 pm. Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and TVUP’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Stay connected for more timely and accurate information on COVID-19.