Cagayan Valley Medical Center COVID ward reaches full capacity, no longer accepting patients

Published March 18, 2021, 5:50 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – The Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) COVID-19 ward here no longer accept patients as it has reached full capacity, CVMC chief Dr. Glenn Matthew Baggao disclosed Thursday.

“Nagdagdag na kami ng room pero dahil sa pagdami na ng pasyente ay wala na talaga kaming paglalagyan sa mga pasyente at hindi na kami tatanggap ng pasyente dahil puno na sa ngayon (We have added rooms but we have to stop accepting COVID-19 patients  as we are full),” Baggao said.

The Cagayan Provincial Information Office said  that 126 COVID-19 patients were admitted Wednesday at the CVMC, the highest number taken in by the hospital since the pandemic started.

Some suspected COVID-19 patients tested negative while several others have been discharged as they have recovered Thursday.

Baggao urged Department of Health (DOH) Region 2 Director Rio Magpantay to monitor private and district hospitals throughout Cagayan Valley as these medical facilities have made the CVMC the referral hospital for COVID-19 patients whose condition is not critical or severe.

He said mild patients should be in private and district hospitals so that the CVMC will not be in full capacity.

“The 30 percent allocation of private and government hospitals in the region, especially here in Tuguegarao City, is no longer being followed,” Baggao said.

Baggao said if all COVID-19 patients are referred to CVMC, they may not be treated properly in the hospital.

“Wala pong paglalagyan sa kanila at magiging kawawa lamang ang mga pasyente (We can’t accommodate them and they will only be miserable),” he said.