Gov. hospital official worries of Sepsis outbreak due to water shortage

Published March 11, 2019, 9:03 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Ria Fernandez

An official of a government hospital in Pasig City worries of a sepsis outbreak in their medical facility if water shortage continues.

Dr. Relito Saquilayan, the head of Rizal Medical Center (RMC), said they find it difficult to keep the hospital clean and sterile given the scenario.

RMC, which is accredited by the Department of Health (DOH), has a bed capacity of 350 patients. But currently, 418 are admitted in it.

Aside from Manila Water, the Bureau of Fire Protection has already intervened in providing water to the hospital, he said.

Despite this, they inform incoming patients of the water situation.

One of their measures is telling mothers who are about to give birth to bring their own gallon of mineral water for cleaning their newlyborns.

“If we don’t have any adequate supply of water we might have a breach in sterility. That’s why we are quite apprehensive. We somehow fear the possibility of the occurrence of sepsis,” Saquilayan said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

In 2006, nine infants died because of neonatal sepsis outbreak at RMC.