MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) advises the public to use telemedicine services to avoid congestion in emergency rooms.
This comes after several hospitals in Metro Manila noted an increase in COVID-19 admissions after the holidays.
DOH spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there is an increase in COVID-19 infections. Those, she said, are mostly mild to moderate cases only.
“Lahat po ng hospital ngayon may close coordination po sa Department of Health so that we can monitor them closely,” Vergeire said.
“Tayo po ay nagpapaalala sa ating mga kababayan. Huwag po tayo agad- agad pumunta sa mga ER ng ospital. Meron po tayong telemedicine services. Meron po tayong lines ng local government health facilities. Ito lang muna ang ating gamitin para hindi po tayo mag- congest sa ating mga hospital,” she added.
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City has reported an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients and those who are submitting for swab testing.
“Dati nagsi-zero kami, may time na ngayon na anim, siyam ang naa-admit naming,” NKTI Executive Director Dr. Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete said.
“Napansin na rin namin yung mga nagpapa-swab dito sa NKTI eh pami-pamilya na rin. Even before the new year ganun na eh,” she added. “It’s a cause of concern, really.”
Currently, the hospital has 33 COVID-19 active cases while 21 of its health workers are also infected.
The NKTI has added two COVID-19 tents while a separate modular tent for dialysis patients was placed to ensure the safety of both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.
While still on green alert, the hospital assured the public that there is a system in place in case of another COVID-19 surge.
The NKTI also reminded the public not to be complacent.
In Philippine General Hospital, on the other hand, 116 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients were admitted.
Meanwhile, the Manila City government has placed its six district hospitals under Code White.
- Ospital ng Maynila
- Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital
- Ospital ng Sampaloc
- Ospital ng Tondo
- Ana Hospital
- Gat Andres Bonifacio Medical Center
The emergency room of Gat Andres Bonifacio Medical Center has stopped admitting patients since January 1 due to the rise of COVID-19 infections among the hospital employees.
The hospital said all incoming patients shall still be evaluated and transferred to other city hospitals.
The Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital also stopped its admission, in the meantime, due to an increase in COVID-19 infections among patients and health workers.
The management said it has to decongest first and address the increase in COVID-19 cases before it could resume admitting patients.
Massive testing and disinfection are now underway.
Lastly, the Ospital ng Malabon has been closed from January 2 to 4, for outpatient and non-COVID-19 cases.
The hospital announced that it will conduct swabbing and disinfection after 19 of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 while 40 are under close observation.
Outpatients and non-COVID cases may proceed to the Super Health Center in barangay Catmon in Malabon or may coordinate with the Malabon Command Center. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)