By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The state-run University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) will still serve non-COVID-19 patients even after opening its doors as a referral center for coronavirus cases by March 30.
UP-PGH is one of the three COVID-19 referral centers in the National Capital Region designated by the DOH.
The other hospitals are the Dr. Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City.
Legaspi assured the public that UP-PGH will continue to provide services, such as radiotherapy for its cancer patients.
The hospital’s emergency room will also remain open, as a separate emergency room has been established to accommodate individuals seeking consultation or treatment for COVID-19.
UP-PGH currently has over 400 patients who are being treated for conditions other than the viral disease.
It is the biggest modern government tertiary hospital and referral center in the Philippines, with 19 clinical departments and attached units that offer excellent facilities for comprehensive care for Filipinos seeking specialty and subspecialty care.
UP President Danilo Concepcion clarified that PGH agreed to become a COVID referral hospital by the Department of Health (DOH) for as long as it will continue to serve other patients with other ailments.
He clarified that a separate wing of the hospital will be exclusively to attend to COVID-19 patients.