Five COVID-19 patients die every day at PGH for the past weeks

Published April 21, 2021, 5:15 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Five coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients die every day at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) for the past weeks.

Dr. Jonas del Rosario, PGH spokesperson, revealed this during the Laging Handa briefing Wednesday, April 21.

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“In our census everyday we tally how many die, at least five patients a day for the last two weeks,” he said. 

“There were times it was bigger, 7 to 10, but more or less 5 patients,” added del Rosario.

“Others that arrive in the emergency room are almost dead on arrival or very critical. Others in the ICU in serious condition…also die,” he said.

As to the status of the PGH COVID wards and ICU, Del Rosario said at present they have 220 admitted patients out of the 250 beds that they have.

“Our ICU is full which has been the case for quite some time,” he said.

Del Rosario said even their Emergency Room is also full.

“The 25 beds for COVID in the  emergency room are always full and mostly the severe to critical are brought to the ER,” he said.

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said the intensive care unit (ICU) beds utilization rate in five regions, which include the National Capital Region (NCR) remain at high critical risk.