The Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP), one of the hospitals recommended for those who have COVID-19 in Metro Manila, can no longer accommodate additional cases due to overcapacity – it declared in an advisory published on Sunday (April 4).
According to the government hospital’s Facebook post, its emergency room (ER) has reached double its intended patient volume. Meanwhile, its COVID-19 designated ward has reached 100% capacity.
In light of the congested conditions, LCP has put a stop to walk-ins and uncoordinated transfers of those infected with COVID-19. Besides this, the hospital has temporarily banned the entry of new patients for elective surgery.
“We are currently not accepting walk-in and uncoordinated transfer of COVID-19 patients as well as elective surgical and non-emergency medical non-COVID patients,” the LCP shared.
In a radio interview, LCP Spokesperson Dr. Norberto Francisco said the hospital has been overcrowded for two weeks. He notes that they’ve tried to alleviate the situation by setting up additional beds, oxygen supplies, and other vital equipment.
“We are not just full; we are very full,” Norberto stressed. “We are just trying to find ways to handle severe and critical patients by adding more beds, stretchers, reclining chairs, oxygen supply, IV lines, and infusion pumps,” he added.
Similar to LCP, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) and the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) have both declared full patient capacity with the latter announcing on Saturday (April 3) that 117 of its medical staff tested positive for COVID-19.
In the Department of Health’s Easter Sunday (April 4) tally, 11,028 new COVID-19 infections were recorded bringing the number of active cases in the country to 135,526.
Due to the steady wave of COVID-19 infections in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Philippine Government decided to extend the ECQ status for Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal until April 11.
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