MANILA, Philippines — Several hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) have reported a significant decrease in the number of patients admitted due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPi).
PHAPi president Dr. Jose Rene de Grano said a number of private hospitals nationwide, particularly in Metro Manila, have reported not having COVID-19 patient confinements.
Hospitals that still have COVID-19 patients are of non-severe cases.
“Karamihan sa kanila halos kung hindi man zero, it’s less than 5 or 2 na nga lang yung iba eh. Meron din talagang zero or wala na. And yung cases nga, hindi na kagrabe katulad nung iba dati,” De Grano.
De Grano added that half of the more than 600 PHAPi member hospitals have recorded low COVID-19 admissions.
This, De Grano said, allows hospitals to focus their attention on non-COVID-19 patients.
“Yung mga private hospitals ngayon, nakaka-concentrate kami on non-COVID cases. But still, we are prepared just in case magkaroon tayo ng maraming COVID cases ulit,” he said.
“Mas nakakarelax ang ating healthcare workers, doctors and nurses. Actually, ang pino-focus nila ngayon is ang vaccination,” he added.
However, he warned hospitals not to be too complacent as there are still hospitals outside of the nation’s capital that still have COVID-19 cases.
He, nevertheless, assured that private hospitals are ready and prepared to accept COVID-19 patients, if and when warranted.
Meanwhile, government hospitals have also reported a decreasing number of COVID-19 patients admitted.
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) has reported that the number of COVID-19 cases confined in the hospital has reduced to only 18, with only one patient in the intensive care unit (ICU).
NKTI executive director Dr. Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete added that the hospital now has only one health worker under quarantine.
“Ang admission namin is zero to one a day. The past weekend, zero zero eh. Yesterday, one-one. Malaking bagay na nakababa kumpara before na nag-100 plus cases kami,” Liquete said.
“Malaking bagay na ito, nakakahinga na sila. Nakakahinga na kami,” she added.
Liquete said several rooms that have been transformed into COVID-19 rooms are not back to being non-COVID rooms.
The Philippine General Hospital, as of December 5 announced that the hospital now only has 59 COVID-19 patients confined.
Despite this development, PHAPi appealed to the government to keep the country under alert level 2 until the end of the year.
The group also reminded the public to still observe minimum health protocols at all times.
“We should still be careful dahil nandiyan pa rin ang COVID. Sakaling magkaroon tayo ng pagtitipon, kung maaari siguro sa close relatives na lang o sa family na lang. At iwasan na po natin yung maraming masyadong pagtitipon ng sa gayon ay ma-enjoy natin ang ating vacation,” De Grano said.
Liquete, on the other hand, advised the public to stay away from big groups. She also called on those who are not yet vaccinated to receive their jab.
“Iwasan ang big groups, at saka for those who are not vaccinated, magpabakuna na po,” Liquete said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)