By Minka Tiangco
Ospital ng Tondo, one of the six district hospitals in the city of Manila, was reopened on Monday after a two-week closure, the city government announced.
The hospital was temporarily closed from May 11 to 24 after some of its staff tested positive for the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19).
Dr. Myrna Paloma, Ospital ng Tondo director, said that as of Friday, May 22, a total of 13 health workers have contracted the disease and underwent quarantine. Of this number, three have recovered.
During the said closure, Ospital ng Tondo underwent terminal cleaning, disinfection, pest control, and rearrangement of the facility for COVID-19-related operations, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said.
The hospital’s healthy medical staff were also sent to augment frontline health workers at Sta. Ana Hospital while its patients were transferred to the other district hospitals in the city.
Prior to this, other district hospitals, such as Ospital ng Sampaloc and the emergency room of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC), were also temporarily closed following the spread of COVID-19 among hospital staff.
Earlier, the Manila City government assigned its six district hospitals to handle specific medical concerns.
The Sta. Ana Hospital is the sole district hospital in the Philippine capital assigned to handle COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, Ospital ng Tondo, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, and Ospital ng Sampaloc were tasked to cater to children and pregnant women.
Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center was assigned to handle internal medicine, neurology, and cardiology matters while GABMMC handles trauma, surgery, and hemodialysis cases.