NKTI strained with influx of patients, ER breaches full capacity

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 23) — The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) on Wednesday announced that its emergency room facility has breached full capacity amid an influx of patients.

These include individuals needing dialysis, as well as those hit with leptospirosis and COVID-19.

“Dahil dito ay puno na rin ang aming ER na sa kasalukuyan ay umaabot na sa three times ng aming kapasidad. Ito ay sa dahilang wala na ring bakanteng kuwarto sa mga wards,” the NKTI said in its advisory. “Dagdag pa rito ay ang kakulangan ng nurses sa NKTI.”

[Translation: Because of this, our ER is already full and currently reaching more than three times our capacity. This is also because there are no vacant rooms in the wards. In addition, there is also a shortage of nurses in NKTI.]

The hospital’s management also advised the public to head to nearby hospitals should they need urgent medical care.

The Department of Health (DOH) meanwhile said it is in close coordination with NKTI to address the matter and “ensure that all patients will be effectively referred to nearby hospitals.”

“Rest assured that the DOH is on top of this and will make sure that all patients seeking care will be accommodated,” the agency noted.