MANILA – The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) on Wednesday hopes that other coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID0-19) referral centers would be capacitated to accept patients, including those for dialysis, as the hospital continues to run on full capacity.
“Ang ibang centers sana na mag-a-accept ng COVID o suspects, sana meron din capacity for dialysis kasi parang dito ang takbuhan. Almost 90 percent ng nandito sa amin ngayon, nagda-dialysis. Hindi na kaya. I-capacitate naman yung ibang centers to accept positive. Sana pati dialysis capacity nila ma-increase din,” NKTI Executive Director Rose Liquete said.
(I hope other centers accepting COVID patients also have the capacity for dialysis because they still go to us. Almost 90 percent here are undergoing dialysis. Capacitate centers to accept and also increase their dialysis capacity.)
Other dialysis centers, she said, closed down because of lack of manpower and also due to issues related to their PhilHealth reimbursement.
“Hindi sila nababayaran. Plus, nag-increase din ang operation sa mga dialysis kasi kailangang mag-purchase ka ng PPE. You suspect these patients na may ubo, may lagnat na nagda-dialysis, may COVID siguro ito, which is nangyayari nga,” she said.
(They have not been paid. Plus, there’s an increase in the operation (cost) of dialysis centers because they have to purchase PPEs. You suspect these patients undergoing dialysis with cough, fever to have COVID, which is actually happening.)
Liquete said the NKTI could no longer accommodate all COVID patients as they too have patients to treat that are non-COVID.
“Hindi na natin kaya lahat sila na nandito sa ospital dahil meron din kaming non-COVID na pasyente, at saka syempre immuno-compromised mga pasyente namin, madaling magka-infection,” said Liquete.
(We can no longer accommodate all of them because we also have non-COVID patients and of course they are immuno-compromised, they can easily be infected.)
Liquete said in an interview on ABS-CBN TeleRadyo that the 30 percent bed capacity dedicated to COVID patients is nearly filled up, with just 1 or 2 still vacant.
“Pero ang emergency room namin, meron pa rin doon mga COVID positive,” she said.
(But our emergency room still have COVID positive [patients].)
She hopes to decongest the hospital of COVID cases to allow them to remain as a non-COVID transplant center.
“Yun sana target natin. If matutulungan ako ng ating gobyerno, ng ating colleagues sa healthcare sa ibang ospital, made-decongest naman namin nang unti-unti,” she said.
(That’s our target. We can slowly decongest if government and colleagues in healthcare, in other hospitals help us.)
Many of their healthcare workers have been infected with the disease, affecting the hospital’s manpower.
“Sa ngayon, nag-total kami 181. These are mostly nursing aid, doctors, ating nephrologists. The past 2 to 3 weeks, ang increment namin, 4 to 6 health workers namin, nagpa-positive per day,” she said.
(Our total now is 181. These are mostly nursing aid, doctors, our nephrologists. The past 2 to 3 weeks, we had an increment of 4 to 6 among our health workers who test positive per day.)
Some wards have been closed due to lack of nurses, she said.