Update on Metro Manila Hospitals Now Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
METRO MANILA HOSPITALS – Philippine College of Physician’s Dr. Maricar Limpin spoke about the situation in the hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, the entire National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna are under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). It was previously under ECQ for several days following a surge in the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.
The government officials and the health authorities keep on reminding the people to be vigilant and don’t let their guards down amid the ongoing fight against the spread of coronavirus. The wearing of face mask is now a protocol when going outdoors and in indoor public establishments.
Also, the practice of social distancing is a must. Many public establishments also require a face shield aside from a face mask upon entry.
Recently, Dr. Maricar Limpin of the Philippine College of Physician spoke on the situation in Metro Manila hospitals now amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the doctor revealed that the hospitals are crowded with coronavirus patients.
According to Dr. Limpin, some emergency rooms of Metro Manila hospitals have turned into a COVID-19 ward or Intensive Care Unit (ICU) rooms as they cannot be confined due to the lack of vacancy. Based on the report, treatments already start in the E.R.
Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega expressed that the country is near to reaching the “high risk category” as it is near 80% of the health care utilization rate (HCUR) in Metro Manila. It is currently at 78%. With regards to the ward beds and ventilators, 63% were used while the isolation beds are 72% occupied already.
Vega believes there is a need to add more COVID-19 facilities in the country. Dr. Limpin is calling for the boosting of the contact tracing and to make digital contract tracing app centralized.
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