Duterte appeals to private hospitals to increase beds for COVID-19 patients

By CNN Philippines Staff

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte urged private hospitals to increase allotted beds for infected patients.

“I’m appealing for the country and for the people… Your help will go a long way,” said Duterte during his recorded national address aired on Monday.

The President said COVID-19 infections vary across different places in the country, where some areas tally fast recoveries while others take time in detecting new cases.

“Everybody will remember someday that there is a great epidemic that passed by our lives and we were able to deal with it with a lot of mutual help,” added Duterte.

COVID-19 National Task Force chief implementer Carlito Galvez reported to the President that over 1,000 additional dedicated beds for COVID-19 patients will be available by November. He added hospitals like Rizal Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, and Batangas Medical Center will beef up their bed capacity for COVID-19 patients.

“It’s high time that we should modernize DOH (Department of Health). We need to modernize our hospitals,” Galvez appealed to Duterte in improving the country’s healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Monday afternoon, the country has confirmed 265,888 COVID-19 cases along with 53,754 active infections. Some 4,630 persons died and 207,504 patients recovered from the virus.

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