PGH reopens wards to non-COVID-19 patients as infections decline

Published December 2, 2021, 3:08 PM

by Manila Bulletin

The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has now reopened some of its wards to accommodate and cater to non-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients amid the decline of COVID-19 cases in the hospital, its spokesperson said on Thursday, Dec. 2.

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“Sa ngayon po, sa huling census, ay 57 na lang po out of the 320 plus beds na in-allocate namin sa COVID[-19 ang] may pasyente. That’s barely 20 percent of our beds. Ang ibig sabihin po nito [ay] nagkaroon po kami ng pagkakataon para buksan po ‘yung ibang wards para ma-cater na po ‘yung mga non-COVID-19 patients (Right now, based on the latest census, only 57 out of the 320 plus beds allocated for COVID-19 patients remain occupied. That’s barely 20 percent of our beds. This means that we were given the chance to reopen some wards to cater non-COVID-19 patients),” said Dr. Jonas Del Rosario, PGH spokesperson in a DZMM TeleRadyo interview.

He also pointed out that there is now a higher number of non-COVID-19 patients in PGH and its intensive care unit’s (ICU) occupancy is only at half which is a “good sign.”

Del Rosario then reminded the public to continue practicing minimum public health standards despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the country to avoid the resurgence of infections.

“I think [dapat ay] ituloy muna ang pagmamaskara [at] iwasan po ‘yung masyadong siksikan, para po talagang tuluy-tuloy na po ang masayang pasko natin (I think it is best to continue using facemasks [and] avoid crowded places in order for us to have a merry Christmas),” he said. (Charie Mae F. Abarca)