Private hospitals call for establishment of hospitals for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) — A number of private hospitals in Metro Manila appeal for the establishment of one or two hospitals designated for COVID-19 patients, as their manpower continues to “deplete,” with medical equipment also running low.

In a statement Thursday, private hospitals call for the government “to centralize all efforts and resources into one or two COVID-19 hospitals, adequately equipped and invested upon by the government.”

“We are aware that there is a plan to do this; we are urgently appealing for the DOH to mobilize this plan, challenging as it may be, but which the private hospitals are willing and ready to facilitate,” the statement read.

They said that they have been lacking in manpower because “an alarming number of nurses, residents, consultants, and hospital employees are under 14-day quarantine,” while the remaining hospital staff continue to assist persons under investigation (PUIs), who flock to their emergency rooms everyday.

The group of private hospitals includes: The Medical City, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Adventist Medical Center, Asian Hospital Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Fatima University Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, Medical Center Manila, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, and University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center.

The said hospitals are also running short of personal protective equipment (PPEs), while intensive care units (ICUs) are getting full. They have also turned regular rooms into COVID-19 isolation areas.

“Soon we will have a shortage of respirators. We have every reason to be scared; we are, indeed, very scared because we feel that we are on our own to face our countrymen in dire need of help,” they said in the statement.

They also added that a designated COVID-19 hospital will allow them to take care of individuals who are also at risk, especially those with “life-threatening” and underlying conditions.

Health Department Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier expressed that they are eyeing the Philippine Lung Center to be a designated hospital for COVID-19 patients. However, there is still no update if the plan will push through. A number of private hospitals in Metro Manila appeal for the establishment of one or two hospitals designated for COVID-19 patients, as their manpower continues to “deplete,” with medical equipment also running low.

In a statement Thursday, private hospitals call for the government “to centralize all efforts and resources into one or two COVID-19 hospitals, adequately equipped and invested upon by the government.”

“We are aware that there is a plan to do this; we are urgently appealing for the DOH to mobilize this plan, challenging as it may be, but which the private hospitals are willing and ready to facilitate,” the statement read.

They said that they have been lacking in manpower because “an alarming number of nurses, residents, consultants, and hospital employees are under 14-day quarantine,” while the remaining hospital staff continue to assist persons under investigation (PUIs), who flock to their emergency rooms everyday.

The group of private hospitals includes: The Medical City, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Adventist Medical Center, Asian Hospital Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Fatima University Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, Medical Center Manila, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, and University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center.

The said hospitals are also running short of personal protective equipment (PPEs), while intensive care units (ICUs) are getting full. They have also turned regular rooms into COVID-19 isolation areas.

“Soon we will have a shortage of respirators. We have every reason to be scared; we are, indeed, very scared because we feel that we are on our own to face our countrymen in dire need of help,” they said in the statement.

They also added that a designated COVID-19 hospital will allow them to take care of individuals who are also at risk, especially those with “life-threatening” and underlying conditions.

Health Department Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier expressed that they are eyeing the Philippine Lung Center to be a designated hospital for COVID-19 patients. However, there is still no update if the plan will push through.

“We are not shying away from our responsibilities; we are ready to take in the non-COVID 19 patients of the designated COVID-19 hospitals, and if necessary, provide temporary practice privileges to their medical staff whose (non-COVID-19) patients will be transferred to our hospitals,” they said.