San Lazaro Hospital and  PGH COVID-19  wards almost in full capacity

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The COVID-19  wards at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) are  almost  full, as the novel coronavirus cases  in the Philippines continue to increase.

The San Lazaro Hospital saw an increase in the admission of coronavirus patients with moderate to severe symptoms in the last two weeks, following relaxed pandemic lockdowns, said the chief of its adult infectious diseases division, Dr. Rontgene Solante said, during an interview on  ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo.

San Lazaro Hospital allocated 65 beds for coronavirus patients. Fifty-two patients with the respiratory disease are currently admitted, Solante said.

“Malapit nang mapuno [ang COVID-19 ward],” Solante said.

The hospital is still accepting patients, Solante  said.

“As mush as possible, we have to accommodate them… Kawawa din ang pasyente kung ipalipat-lipat natin (they’ll suffer if we keep transferring them),” said Solante.

Severe and critical COVID-19 cases could no longer be accommodated for now at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) as its intensive care unit (ICU) is almost fully occupied, the health facility’s spokesperson said Thursday.

“’Yung ICU namin ay, totoo,  halos puno na talaga. Hindi po kami makakatanggap ng patients na severely or critically ill galing sa ibang hospital dahil medyo puno po sa ICU,” said Dr. Jonas del Rosario in an interview on Unang Hirit.

“Kailangan po naming magbigay ng dalawa o tatlong beds para sa pasyente namin na maaaring mapunta sa ICU,” he added.

According to Del Rosario, PGH has an up-to-95% occupancy rate with at least 172 COVID-19 patients admitted to the health facility.

“May kaunti pa pong kama sa wards. Dahil po doon kailangan po naming salain mabuti kung sino ‘yung tatanggapin namin na coordinated transfer,” he said.

Despite this, the PGH has enough health care workers who can attend to COVID-19 patients, according to Del Rosario.

On Monday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire identified the 11 hospitals in Metro Manila that reported a 100% utilization rate of their ICU beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, assured the public that Metro Manila has enough facilities for COVID-19 patients.

As of Wednesday, the country has a total of 50,359 COVID-19 cases with 12,588 recoveries and 1,314 fatalities./Stacy Ang

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