MANILA - The water shortage in Metro Manila has also affected the Philippine National Police General Hospital, forcing it to accept only 50 percent of patients using dialysis machines and emergency rooms.
The hospital is the care provider of active police personnel, non-uniformed personnel, and retired police.
Police Major Roane Vasco, spokesperson of the PNP General Hospital, said they can accept authorized civilians but their priorities are those in the service.
“PNP General Hospital is the hospital for our police personnel and our dependents...We also cater to authorized civilians, but it must be emphasized that we cater to these patients according to priority. Ang priority natin siyempre ang active service natin as long as resources will allow, we allow hanggang doon sa authorized civilians,” Vasco said.
In emergency cases, Vasco said they also cater to people who live in the neighborhood.
Due to the limited water supply, the PNP General Hospital has been forced to lessen acceptance of emergency room patients from 6 to 3. Dialysis patients acceptance has also been reduced to half.
“We have to limit kasi, una, our machine is highly dependent on water. On top of the main dialysis services, yung ating machines, we have to wash them after. So blood ito, talagang kailangan continuous ang flow ng water in order to a least for the dialysis to be facilitated safely with our patients,” Vasco said.
Vasco clarified they do not turn down emergency cases.
“We have not turned away any of our patients but for example, if there is a need for a patient for a dialysis service we assist them to find a facility where they will be able to cater to their needs at least temporarily until we are able to solve the water shortage problem,” Vasco said.
Vasco said the limitation of water supply is significant enough for them to limit some services but not discontinue services.
Hospital staff are on their toes filling up water containers during hours when water is available.
“We have already requested from the Headquarters Support Service to provide additional water, hopefully, they will able to grant our request to supply at least three times a day on top of the short hours of availability,” Vasco said.
Meanwhile, PNP leadership said they are not in favor of allowing police affected by the water crisis to wear civilian clothes instead of their uniform due to lack of water.
PNP spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac said it is imperative for police to wear their uniform while on duty.
“Sa nailabas na direktiba, ang buong hanay ng pulis ay kailangang nakauniporme lalo na panahon ng kampanya para sa darating na election," he said.
"Walang exemptions sa mga pulis na magsuot ng civilian clothes. Tayo sa PNP ay sanay naman, sanay na hindi naliligo, gawa ng mga responde, ng ating kapulisan."