Palace Says Hospitals Have Enough Beds Despite Hospitals Warning

Hospitals Warn They Are In Danger Zone, But Palace Says Hospitals Have Enough Beds

HOSPITALS HAVE ENOUGH BEDS – The Palace earlier made an announcement that downplays warnings made by hospitals as they reach close to full capacity.

Currently, the Philippines continues to struggle with the coronavirus. Close to five months into the strictest quarantine in Asia, the Philippines had yet to flatten the coronavirus’ spread.

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Instead, there have been thousands of cases reported daily with the DOH even delaying the reports. Due to the rapid rise in cases, hospitals in the Philippines warned that they are in the “danger zone”.

Palace Says Hospitals Have Enough Beds Despite Hospitals Warning
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According to an article from ABS-CBN, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated that coronavirus patients occupy 70% of the hospital beds. However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says otherwise.

Instead of addressing the issue, Roque stated that the coronavirus cases in the Philippines are still “manageable”. Furthermore, he cited data from Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, who was named the “treatment czar”.

As per the article, Roque stated:

Overall sapat sapat naman po ang ating hospital beds, kasama po ang ICU beds. Kung puno na ang hospital na gusto niyong pasukan, sasabihan naman po kayo kung saan pwede magpunta kung kinakailangan ng ICU care

Roque stated that Vega, being the treatment czar would coordinate with hospitals. He added that Vega’s job is to know where coronavirus patients could be referred to if hospitals are reaching capacity.

Additionally, Roque denied claims that it would be Vega that will replace health chief Francisco Duque.

Currently, the Philippines as 57,006 cases of COVID-19 confirmed 3000-shy of UP’s 60,000 predictions of the number of cases for July. Sadly, of this number, close to 1,600 have succumbed to the deadly disease.

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