Hospital admission in NCR increasing, says DOH

Published March 26, 2021, 6:34 PM

by Analou de Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) said that some areas in Metro Manila are seeing high utilization of hospital beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients amid the continued spike in infections.

DOH Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said they observed the increasing number of patients being admitted in medical facilities in the National Capital Region (NCR), particularly in  Makati, Quezon City, Taguig, and Manila.

“Dito sa NCR, napapansin natin yung talagang pag increase in the number of utilization for the COVID isolation beds at saka yung COVID wards. Umaabot na po  to high to moderate risk (Here in NCR, we noticed a real increase in the number of utilization for the COVID isolation beds and then in the COVID wards. It is reaching high to moderate risk),” said Vega on Friday, March 26.

“Napapansin namin lalo na sa areas ng Makati, Quezon City, Taguig, at Manila: ito yung matataas talaga ang admissions for COVID wards and beds lalong lalo na sa intensive care unit (We are observing this especially in the areas of Makati, Quezon City, Taguig, and Manila: these are the ones where the admissions for COVID wards and beds are really high, especially in the intensive care unit),” he added.

Vega also added that the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities in NCR were already 78 percent occupied.

The Health official said that 53 percent of the new cases of COVID-19 in the country were detected in NCR,  Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan.

Vega called on the different hospitals to increase their bed allocation for COVID-19 patients from 30 to 50 percent, especially in “government retained hospitals.”

He also said that they are in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways to build more “modular” facilities. Vega said that these kind of facilities were already built in East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon Institute, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, and Batangas Medical Center.

Vega also said that they continue to hire more healthcare workers to “augment” in the current medical workforce.

On a nationwide scale, meanwhile, Vega said that the healthcare utilization in the whole country is still at “low-risk” or 41 percent but the rate is “nearing the threshold of moderate risk,” noted Vega.