Hospitals in PH Speak Side on Delta Variant of COVID-19 in the Country
HOSPITALS IN PH – The group of private and public hospitals in the Philippines are now worried about the possible effects of the Delta variant.
The Department of Health (DOH) previously confirmed that there is now a local transmission of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the Philippines. It is considered as a variant of concern across the globe due to its reported higher transmissibility rate.
India and Indonesia are among those hit hard by the Delta variant. It was first recorded in the former where it brought a devastating situation. Hospitals were filled with patients and many patients cannot even be accommodated anymore. A lot of deaths took place.
To prevent the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the Philippines, the country is currently imposing travel restrictions on nations that confirmed cases of the said coronavirus variant. It includes India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Nepal among others.
Hospitals in PH now are worried over what can Delta variant cause in the country. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) admitted its side and aired its concern during the hearing of the Senate subcommittee on health over the Pandemic Protection Act.
Based on the report, PHA President Dr. Jaime Almora expressed that private and public hospitals in PH are in a big problem now due to the lack of manpower and the problems in COVID-19 claim that have yet to be settled. He also cited the slow payments of PhilHealth on the COVID-19 claims.
According to Dr. Almora, PhilHealth has only paid just 15% of the total COVID-19 claims to the member-hospitals since March 2020. He stressed that they have no funds to buy PPE and they already told PhilHealth about the problem but the agency is slow in paying for the claims.
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