PGH’s COVID patients breach 200; ‘limitation of equipment’ feared

Published March 29, 2021, 10:51 AM

by Noreen Jazul

The number of COVID-19 patients admitted at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has breached the 200-mark as of Sunday (March 28) night.

In an interview with CNN Philippines on Monday (March 29), PGH spokesman Dr. Jonas del Rosario said the hospital has 221 COVID patients, which is its “biggest number” so far.


“That represents about 90 percent of our bed capacity because we have stretched our bed capacity to about almost close to 250 because talagang nagtuloy-tuloy ang pagpasok ng mga pasyente (patients kept coming in),” Del Rosario said.

Since the hospital’s critical care beds remain full, Del Rosario said they had to keep some of their patients who need to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the emergency room.

Del Rosario said patients usually wait for two to three days before they are admitted to the PGH.

“But we don’t refuse patients who need to be brought to emergency rooms,” Del Rosario said.

‘Limitation of equipment’

Due to the rising number of COVID patients, Del Rosario said there was a time when PGH fell short of medical equipment, particularly high-flow oxygen devices.

“Medyo kinapos kami (Our supply fell short) recently, maybe about five days ago when patients are coming in and everybody also would need this high flow oxygen,” he said.

Del Rosario said PGH has “close to 30” devices for high flow oxygen which was “more than enough” in the past.

“Now, because of the surge of patients, we have to actually rent from a third party company. It took a while to supply us but now our supplies are good,” he said.

As for personal protective equipment (PPE), Del Rosario said the hospital still has enough for their manpower but has already started ordering again and augmenting their inventory.

‘More manpower’

Del Rosario, meanwhile, said the hospital’s plea for more manpower has also been answered by the Department of Health (DOH).

“They will be sending us some reinforcement,” he said.