PGH resumes accepting COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021   •   414

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)

PGH calls for blood donations as stock reaches critical level

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is calling for blood donations to replenish its diminishing supply.

“The PGH blood stocks are in very critical levels,” the PGH said in its Facebook page.

PGH is encouraging voluntary, non-remunerated, non-pre deposit, non-replacement donors, in accordance with the Republic Act 7199: National Blood Services Act.

For interested donors, PGH is urging online scheduling. The blood donor center is open 7 days a week, including holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interested donors would need to fill-out an online form for assessment.

For mobile blood drives, it can be coordinated through the UP-PGH Blood Bank. AAC

PGH halts emergency room admissions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) on Tuesday (August 24) announced that it will temporarily stop accepting patients in its emergency room.

In an advisory, the PGH said it is tending to more than 100 COVID-19 patients, majority of whom are in need of intensive care, high-flow oxygen, and ventilators.

The hospital said, allowing further admissions would compromise the safety of their patients and staff.

“Malalagay lang sa peligro ang kapakanan ng mga pasyente, at pati na rin ang aming mga kawani kung ito ay hahayaan naming madagdagan pa,” the advisory read.

The hospital apologized for the inconvenience and advised patients to coordinate with PGH Transfer Command Center. AAC


Ospital ng Imus declares full bed capacity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2021

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.


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