By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Ospital ng Sampaloc, one of the six district hospitals in Manila, reopened on Monday after a two-week closure, the Manila City government announced.
In a Facebook post, Dr. Aileen Lacsamana, OIC-hospital director of Ospital ng Sampaloc, said the hospital was assigned to provide emergency services to infants, children, and pregnant women as the country continues to battle the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The hospital was temporarily closed by order of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso after several of its health workers contracted the disease.
In a live broadcast on Tuesday, the local chief executive said seven doctors, two nurses, and one administration staffer were exposed to confirmed COVID-19 patients who allegedly withheld information when they sought consultation.
“Maraming mga kababayan natin ang hindi nagsabi agad ng totoo habang sila’y kinakausap ng mga nurse at doktor kapag sila ay nagpapa-konsulta sa kanilang karamdaman sa loob ng Ospital ng Sampaloc (A lot of our fellow residents do not immediately tell the truth while they are talking with nurses and doctors when they seek consultation for their ailments inside Ospital ng Sampaloc),” he said.
The city mayor assured residents that the affected health workers have already recovered.
“Sila ay nakapagpahinga na, nakapag-quarantine na, kaya atin po nating bubuksan ang serbisyong medikal ng Ospital ng Sampaloc (They have already rested and underwent quarantine, so now, we will relaunch the medical services of Ospital ng Sampaloc),” he added.
The hospital’s announcement came a day before Domagoso placed the entire Sampaloc district under a 48-hour hard lockdown from Thursday to Saturday over rising COVID-19 cases in the area.
No one is allowed to go out of their houses during the lockdown, except for health workers, law enforcers, service workers, government officials, and workers in the media.
All commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, and other activities not mentioned in the exemptions will also be suspended while the lockdown is in effect.
As of Monday afternoon, there are 458 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Manila, with 51 deaths and 58 recovered patients, Domagoso said.