In a public advisory issued today July 13, both St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City declare they have reached full capacity of intensive care unit beds dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients.
Similarly, the 51-year old Makati Medical Center in Legazpi Village also announced to the public that it can no longer accommodate any more COVID cases as of the moment. “After a thorough review of our bed utilization (particularly the Critical Care Units) and manpower, and in consultation with our COVID-19 medical teams, MMC has now reached full capacity. This is insofar as our capability to handle patients suspected and confirmed to have COVID-19 is concerned.” This despite the fact that the hospital, which claims to have attended to tens of thousands of suspected COVID patients since the coronavirus outbreak early this year, had already “augmented its physical and manpower resources to accommodate more patients, hire new recruits, and closed some areas to supplement workforce in other vital units.”
St. Luke’s encourages the public to instead bring “critically ill COVID-19 suspects” to other hospitals where they can be given immediate and needed attention. MMC, for its part, commits to “exert every effort” to find patients an alternate healthcare facility.
These two top hospitals in the country declaring full capacity is no doubt an indication of just how serious the COVID-19 pandemic has become in the NCR. A spike in the number of cases was seen beginning two weeks ago. As of yesterday, July 12, the total number of cases in the Philippines has exceeded the 55,000 mark.