(July 14, 2020) – Several tertiary government-run and private hospitals in the capital region on Tuesday declared full capacity of allocated beds for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases as infections continued to spike as the government relaxed restrictions to reboot the economy.
The privately-run Medical City in Pasig City was the latest medical facility to announce it may no longer accept COVID-19 cases as almost all its intensive care unit beds and wards for coronavirus had been filled up. Most hospitals allocate about 30 percent of their hospital beds for coronavirus patients.
Earlier, other private hospitals like Makati Medical Center (MMC), St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City and Taguig, Chinese General Hospital, and state-run National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) announced they have run out of beds for coronavirus.
As of Monday, the Philippines has more than 57,000 cases of coronavirus, but only about 35,000 are considered active cases. More than 20,000 infected persons have recovered and 1,500 have died. More than 92 percent of the cases have mild symptoms and seven percent have no symptoms.
Only 1 percent or roughly 350 people have severe or critical conditions and have to be admitted to hospitals.
“We are fully aware that this is a looming problem, but we cannot go beyond our capacity to take care of COVID-19 patients without posing serious risks to everyone–both the patients and our hospital staff,” said Rafael Claudio, The Medical City’s chief medical officer in a statement.
They have been coordinating with the Pasig government in managing other coronavirus cases, and designating Pasig City Children’s Hospital as the COVID-19 center for moderate cases.
On the other hand, the Makati Medical Center said their regular wards, critical care units, and emergency rooms were nearly full despite efforts in augmenting manpower and resources.
The NKTI also said they reached the “danger zone” in the designated bed capacity for COVID-19 patients. However, they would still continue to manage renal emergency cases and post-kidney transplant patients.
One week ago, the Department of Health (DOH) said occupancy rates in hospitals were at 23.07 percent, which Undersecretary Maria Vergeire called “sufficient and acceptable.”
By Sunday, the occupancy rate has doubled to 47 percent. (Katrina Elaine Alba/MM)
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