Tagaytay hospital asks patients to transfer as Taal volcano rumbles

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 13 2020 06:09 AM

TAGAYTAY CITY - Patients confined at the Tagaytay Medical Center (TMC) on Sunday have been asked to transfer to hospitals away from areas affected by quakes and ash fall from Taal volcano, the Philippines’ second most active volcano.

Herbert Sidocon, a baker from Imus, Cavite rushed to the hospital around 2 a.m., Monday, to fetch his 2-year-old nephew who has been confined for 3 days due to asthma.

“Susundo po kami sa pamangkin ko gawa ng pinapalikas na daw dahil lindol daw ng lindol e,” Sidocon told ABS-CBN News.

He brought an ambulance from his barangay’s emergency response unit, saying the hospital’s ambulances were catering to patients in critical conditions.

“Ubos na daw tapos inuuna yung mga kritikal,” he said.

Sidocon plans to have his nephew transfered to a hospital in General Trias, Cavite.

ABS-CBN News tried to get a statement from TMC, but hospital officials refused, saying they have yet to get clearance from the hospital’s president.

Tagaytay was among the areas hit by a series of quakes after the Taal volcano spewed ash columns, Sunday afternoon.

The Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has placed the volcano under alert level 4, an indication that a hazardous eruption is imminent.