Ospital ng Imus declares full bed capacity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2021   •   542

MANILA, Philippines — The Ospital ng Imus (ONI) has declared full bed capacity of its emergency room and ward for suspect, probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In the event a patient in such cases is brought to their hospital, the management said they can only check the patient inside his or her vehicle or outside the ER.

The Ospital ng Imus is a three-storey level 1 hospital with 130-bed capacity.

It is the first public hospital in the 1st District of Imus City in Cavite.

Capitol Medical Center in QC announces full bed capacity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City announced that it has reached full bed capacity for COVID-19 patients.

In an advisory released Tuesday (August 10), the facility said its emergency room , ICU and wards intended for COVID-19 patients are already full, thus it encourages patients to coordinate with the One Hospital Command Center for alternative health facilities.

The Capitol Med, however, will remain open for non-COVID patients.

PGH resumes accepting COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) resumed accepting COVID-19 patients today following Sunday’s fire that hit some sections of the hospital.

However, the hospital’s surgical services remain suspended as the fire hugely affected the critical operating rooms for delicate and advanced surgical procedures such as neurosurgery and heart transplantation.

Specifically, five sterilization units of the said ward have been affected. It is also where the hospital’s support system, such as surgical supplies, are stored.

PGH director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi said they are doing their best so that the facility can resume its normal operations as soon as possible.

“Ang malaking naapektuhan sa amin iyong aming kakayahang magbigay ng serbisyo sa pag-opera pero handa naman kaming mag-umpisa sa lalong madaling panahon para maituloy ito, maaaring hindi kasing-dami noong dati but slowly maghahanap po kami ng paraan,” he said.

Legaspi said they are now coordinating with other hospitals to augment critical surgery operations especially for patients with immediate surgical needs.

Dr. Legaspi noted that it would take at least three to four months before the fire-hit facility can return to normal operations.

“Pero hindi po namin hihintayin yun para makapag-opera ulit. Mayroon na pong mga collaborations na ginagawa with other hospitals and of course with the PGH system adjustments para maumpisahan na ang pag-opera on a regular basis,” he assured.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has no final result yet on its investigation into the incident though claims said the fire started from a defective electrical cable.

The PGH has asked donations for the repair and restoration of the damaged facility as Dr. Legaspi estimated the damaged facility to reach P50 million. MNP (with reports from Marvin Calas)

5 COVID-19 patients in PGH die daily; full-bed capacity looming

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — At least five patients in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) who are suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) die every day.

During a public briefing on Wednesday (April 21), PGH Spokesperson Dr. Jonas Del Rosario reported that for the last two weeks, at least five patients succumb to the virus per day.

There are also times when it would even reach up to seven or 10 patients a day, he said.

Rosario also reported that they already reached full bed capacity.

Puno po ang ICU (intensive care units), that has been the case for some time – 30 beds po iyon. Sa emergency room, may 25 beds for COVID-19 at lagi rin pong puno. Mostly po severe to critical care iyong nagpupunta sa ER (The ICUs are full, that has been the case for some time – that’s 30 beds. In the emergency room, there are 25 beds for COVID-19 and it’s always full. Mostly, patients in the ER are severe to critical cases)” he said.

The PGH Spokesperson also said they are not in full support of easing quarantine classifications after April 30. He hopes that the number of patients that will be admitted to the PGH will decrease with the help of quarantine restrictions.

“Extension of the MECQ to us will probably help in further decreasing the transmission hopefully and then less people will get hospitalized,” Rosario said. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

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