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DOH tells hospitals, healthcare facilities to brace for El Niño

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday ordered all hospitals and healthcare facilities to brace for the possible impact of the El Niño.

One of the instructions of the Health Department is for the facilities to ensure continuous water supply to avoid hiccups in their operations, according to Lei Alviz’s report on “24 Oras”.

They were also asked to store potable water that would last for three days, to have a reserve water supply, and to repair all damaged faucets and busted pipes.

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), for its part, had its deep well facility readied in case there will be a water supply shortage. Constructed in 2021, it is connected to the Lung Center of the Philippines and was built by Manila Water.

“Ang NKTI ay isang renal facility at malakas kami sa hemodialysis. Ang hemodialysis ay nangangailangan ng maraming tubig para mag-operate at alam naman natin na chronic patients ito,” said NKTI Strategy Management Division/ Designated Spokesperson Head Nuel Polero.

(The NKTI is a renal facility and we have a lot of patients for hemodialysis. Hemodialysis needs a lot of water to operate and we know these are chronic patients.)

“Ang deep well facility na yun, sinisigurado niya tuwing may mga emergency situation tulad ng pagdating ng El Niño o summer ay may enough supply o source ng tubig ang NKTI, ang mga pasyente, para ma-maintain ang aming operasyon,” he said.

(The deep well facility ensures there is a water supply during emergencies like El Niño or the summer season.)

The NKTI also had its sewage treatment plant where wastewater is being reused for gardening and cleaning comfort rooms. —Sundy Locus/NB, GMA Integrated News

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