Hospitals see decreasing COVID-19 cases –PCP president

By GISELLE OMBAY, GMA News

Published January 27, 2022 11:20am

The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) on Thursday said hospitals are now experiencing a decrease in COVID-19 cases amid the decline in the number of new infections reported over the past few days.

“Definitely, we can feel the decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases here in the hospitals because we are seeing now less COVID-19 cases. This actually gives us some breathing space so we can also attend to the other non-COVID cases,” PCP president Dr. Maricar Limpin shared in an ANC interview.

She added the health workers who got infected with the virus have also recovered and gone back to work, thus giving them more personnel in hospitals.

OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David noted on Wednesday that the reproduction number in the National Capital Region (NCR) went down to 0.63, while some areas in the region have improved to “moderate risk”.

Due to this, the COVID-19 cases in the NCR may drop to less than 500 on February 14.

David confirmed the downward trend of new COVID-19 cases and active cases in the NCR on Tuesday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also said that the new daily COVID-19 infections in Metro Manila may have already peaked.

The Philippines on Wednesday registered 15,789 new COVID-19 cases bringing the nationwide tally to 3,475,293.

Limpin however said that this number might not be “truly reflective” of the real COVID-19 cases in the country due to lack of testing.

“Many of the people are not being tested. I still believe that the number is still quite high,” she said.

“I think this high number will continue up to the first week of February and probably, we’re projecting that we might reach the previous level prior to the Omicron surge by maybe last week of February,” she added.

She then urged the government not to ease the Alert Level status in the country yet as “it is not the right time to do it.” She said they are expecting that the cases may still be high in the first week of February, thus the downgrading may be possible by the second week of the month.

She added that the most important resources that hospitals are currently needing are those for supportive treatment such as paracetamol and cough preparation medicines.

5 to 11 age group vaccination

Further, Limpin encouraged parents to help protect their young children against the viral disease by allowing them to get the jabs during the inoculation of aged 5 to 11 that is set to begin in February.

“I hope you remember that you need to take care of the children and part of taking care of the children is ensuring that they will be protected from this COVID infection,” she said.

National Task Force Against COVID-19 medical adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa said Tuesday that the vaccination against COVID-19 of children aged 5 to 11 years old will initially start in the National Capital Region.

He said that around 780,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for children will arrive on January 31 and will be followed by more deliveries in the following days.

Around 7 million children are under this age group.

Herbosa said the first tranche of the vaccination drive for children aged 5 to 11 will prioritize those with comorbidities or with coexisting health conditions.

“Actually we will start with these people who have comorbidities or associated illness because these are the children that are at high risk to be hospitalized or may even die if they catch the COVID-19,” he said in a separate ANC interview.

Their pediatricians or doctors are then required to certify that they are allowing them to get the jabs if they see no problems with their patients getting vaccinated against COVID-19 despite their condition.–AOL, GMA News

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