COVID-19 admissions in PGH declining — spox

Published October 3, 2021, 9:59 AM

by Gabriela Baron

The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) admissions at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has declined, its spokesperson said Sunday, Oct. 3.

Philippine General Hospital (Wikimedia Commons / MB file photo)

PGH currently has 228 COVD-19 patients or around 75-80 percent occupancy rate, down from its previous all-time high of nearly 350 patients.

In an interview with TeleRadyo, PGH Spokesperson Dr. Jonas del Rosario bared that majority of its remaining cases are severe.

“Marami pa rin kaming pasyenteng [intensive care unit] set up ang kailangan. Nababawasan yung mild to moderate, marami pa ring severe. Usually ang nagiging pila pag kailangang ma-admit sa ICU (We still have a lot of patients in the ICU. The mild to moderate cases are decreasing, but there are still many severe cases. There’s still a line for those wanting to be admitted to our ICU)” Del Rosario said.

“Generally ngayon manageable and hopefully mas bumaba pa kasi we’re still operating above 200. Ang experience kapag ang pasyente sa PGH more than 200 ay talagang hindi pa rin ganun kadali yung trabaho dahil madami ka pa ring ide-deploy at nagsu-suffer po yung non-COVID operations namin (Generally, it’s now manageable and hopefully cases still decrease because we’re still operating above 200. When PGH is attending to over 200 COVID-19 patients, its not easy because we still have to deploy a lot of health workers and our non-COVID operations suffer),” he added.

The hospital’s ICU is “mostly occupied by the unvaccinated,” according to del Rosario.

He also noted that vaccinated individuals who are in ICU have comorbidities.

“Yung usual na cardivascular factors ay they really come into play kaya napakalaking bagay na ang ating mga kababayan hindi lang po bakuna ay pang protect sa severe COVID, kundi yung ating kalusugan as a whole. Kailangan alagaan ang ating sarili (Usual cardiovascular factors really come into when when you have COVID. So it’s important that the public not only get vaccinated, but also protect their health as a whole. Take care of yourselves),” the spokesperson added.