Rehabilitation of Leyte Provincial Hospital

Project Rehabilitation of Leyte Provincial Hospital
Objectives

• To repair/replace the roofing, ceiling and walls (where needed) of the damaged health facility • To ensure that the hospital will return to full functionality within 3 months • To enable the hospital to meet the rising needs of the affected communities by enhancing its infrastructural capacity • To supplement the inpatient services to ensure that space and resources are utilized efficiently

Project Partners Leyte Provincial Hospital, Philippines
Activities

• Repairing/rehabilitation of the damaged health facility • Engaging with local contractors • Progress monitoring & reporting • Completion, final inspection & handover

Locations Palo, Leyte
Period 3rd January 2014 – 28th February 2015
Accomplishments

Completed the rehabilitation work of Leyte Provincial Hospital on February 28, 2014.

Background

Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 super typhoon, hit Philippines on November 8, 2013 and brought great destruction especially to the islands of Leyte, Samar and Cebu. The typhoon affected the lives of 2 million individuals. 5,260 people lost their lives while million others loss their properties and had their source of income interrupted. The east coast of Leyte Island is one of the hardest hit areas from the effect of the wind and storm surge that was formed due to the typhoon. Tacloban, the biggest city on Leyte Island and also other municipalities and towns along the coast such as Palo were paralyzed. Leyte Provincial Hospital, a Level 1 referral hospital under the responsibility of the Provincial Government of Leyte, is situated in Palo, Leyte which is about 10 minutes from Tacloban. The hospital lies about 1 kilometre from the coast and was hit by the storm surge. The storm surge brought about water and debris up to 4 feet into the hospital. The 150-bed hospital had to stop its operation for a few days after the typhoon and was only able to provide outpatient services up to two months after the typhoon. Six out of seven blocks of the hospital sustained damages in the roof structures, ceilings, walls and floor. The hospital had to suspend its services which previously included General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics and General Medicine.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia visited Leyte Provincial Hospital in late December 2013 and decided to assist the hospital in its rehabilitation work. MERCY Malaysia started the rehabilitation work on January 3, 2014 which included repair works of the roof structure and building structure of all the damaged blocks. The painting of the three blocks of the hospital was organized by MERCY Malaysia. The rehabilitation work lasted for two months and it was completed on February 28th, 2014.