150 patients trapped in UERM hospital


Posted at Aug 08 2012 07:56 AM | Updated as of Aug 08 2012 05:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Around 150 patients and 700 hospital personnel are trapped inside the University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMC) in Quezon City after flood waters hit Aurora Blvd., an official said on Wednesday.

UERMMC Medical Director Dr. Andres Borromeo said the entire first floor of the hospital remains submerged in flood waters as of this morning, and the trapped patients and personnel were already out of food.

“Ang kailagnan namin is we have food to bring in, kaya lang hindi kami makapasok [dahil sa baha],” Borromeo told dzMM.

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Vice Admiral Edmund Tan promised help and said rescue personnel stationed along V. Mapa Street will be deployed to the flood-hit hospital.

Tan said they will meet with Borromeo’s team to get the supplies to be delivered to the stranded patients and personnel.

UERM's first floor also got submerged in floods during tropical storm Ondoy in September 2009.