PGH says can no longer accept critically ill coronavirus patients


Posted at Jul 15 2020 08:44 AM

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The Philippine General Hospital said Wednesday it could no longer accept critically ill coronavirus patients from other health facilities because its beds were almost full.

The PGH currently has 196 patients with COVID-19 who occupy about 93 percent of the 210 beds allocated for the respiratory disease, said hospital spokesperson Dr. Jonas Del Rosario.

About 90 percent of beds at the intensive care unit are also occupied. The remaining beds there are reserved for those currently confined at the hospital in case their condition worsens, he said.

"Hindi po kami makatanggap ngayon ng mga critically ill na galing sa ibang ospital," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo.

The state-run hospital still accepts COVID-19 patients with moderate symptoms, while those with mild symptoms are referred to other hospitals, Del Rosario said.

The recent spike in hospital admissions may be due to ramped up testing for the pathogen, he said.

Several other hospitals in Metro Manila had said their COVID-19 wards were full.

Malacañang said Tuesday hospitals had enough beds for COVID-19 patients, even as the health department warned that medical centers' capacity for virus cases have reached the "danger zone."

TeleRadyo, July 15, 2020