The private hospitals in some provinces near the National Capital Region (NCR) have started seeing high admissions of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPi) said.
Aside from Metro Manila, PHAPi President Dr. Jose De Grano said they observed that the private health facilities in Cagayan Valley region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon, were also overwhelmed with patients.
“Actually chineck namin hindi lang sa National Capital Region pati ang Calabarzon, Region 3, and Region 2. Halos lahat ng ospital dyan ay puno (Actually we checked not only the National Capital Region but also Calabarzon, Region 3, and Region 2. Almost all the hospitals there are full),” said De Grano in an interview with radio DZBB on Sunday, April 4.
“Pero karamihan sa mga naka confine ay mild ang cases pero still, wala na po talagang paglalagyan ang mga ospital (But most of those who are confined are mild cases but still, the space in hospitals [for these patients] are running short),” he added.
De Grano said that private hospitals were still capable of increasing the bed allocation for COVID-19 patients but the challenge was on the number of healthcare workers currently available.
“Gusto man po ng mga ospital na magdagdag, ang problema po ay yung aming mga kawani: yung mga nurse, healthcare workers na mag-aalaga sa ating mga pasyente ay nagkakasakit na rin at isa pa ay talagang kulang (Even though we want to expand [our capacity], the problem is our staff—the nurses, healthcare workers, who will take care of our patients, are already getting sick),” he said.
De Grano said that the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine in Greater Manila area will help in slowing down the number of new COVID-19 cases.
“Sa totoo lang, malaki po ang nagagawa nyan dahil it prevents the movement nung mga tao at the same time iyon pong interaction ng mga tao napipigilan din. Iyon po ang isang pinakadahilan ng pagkalat ng ating mga infection. Mag stay at home na muna kayo kung walang importanteng pupuntahan (Honestly, it helps a lot because it prevents the movement and interaction among people, which is one of the main reasons for the spread of infections. Stay at home if you do not have an important activity outdoors),” he said.