PGH now over capacity; spox says impossible to accept 200 waiting patients

The Philippine General Hospital in Manila is now over capacity for COVID-19 patients by 30, with another 200 patients waiting for treatment.

However, PGH spokesman Dr. Jonas del Rosario said it is “definitely impossible” to treat all these waiting patients.

“We are beyond our capacity. We have about 310 patients in the hospital, about 40 patients in the emergency room waiting to get into the hospital, so that’s pretty much 350 out of 320 [COVID-19 beds]. So we’re like 30 patients above our threshold,” Del Rosario said in an interview on ANC.

“And then there are about 200 patients waiting in the wings wanting to be admitted, waiting to be transferred to PGH. It is definitely impossible to get them in. A lot of our patients require longer days to the hospitals,” he further pointed out.

PGH, the largest COVID-19 referral hospital, is also in need of more doctors.

“The patients keep coming in. It is hard to open more beds and more wards if you don’t have the right doctors to take care of them,” the PGH spokesman said.

Previously, PGH revealed that it is hiring more personnel after 11 volunteer doctors left the hospital.

The Philippines has 2,248,071 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, including 20,745 new infections, 180,293 active cases, and 35,307 deaths. — BM, GMA News

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