- Even hospitals have reached out to the national government to make an urgent appeal to help them in their fight against COVID-19
- There is already an 'alarming number" of their personnel who are under the 14-day quarantine
- As per the group's statement, their colleagues have fallen ill, PPEs are running short, and many rooms have already been converted to isolation rooms
- The statement also revealed that they feel they are on their own to face their countrymen who are in need of help
With the growing number of COVID-19 patients, a number of hospitals in the Philippines have reached out to the government, appealing to the latter for help.
The "urgent appeal" of the group was encapsulated in a statement following the alarming number of their own personnel who have been placed under the 14-day mandatory quarantine. This was imposed on persons who came into contact with COVID-19 patients.
KAMI learned in ABS-CBN's report that many of their regular rooms have been converted to isolation areas for COVID-19 patients. This leaves out non-COVID-19 patients but are suffering from life-threatening complications.
As per the report, the panic is escalating, their frontliners are getting depleted, they have colleagues who are now in ICU, their ICUs are getting full, PPEs are running short, and many of them are already exhausted physically and emotionally.
Summing it up, they feel that they are on their own and are now appealing to the Department of Health to act swiftly.
"Even our ICUs are getting full. Soon we will have a shortage of respirators. We have every reason to be scared; we are, indeed very scared because we feel that we are on our own to face our countrymen in dire need of help."
"If we do not put our act together, the prospect of the healthcare delivery systems crashing down is imminent and real. It is already happening."
The list of the 11 hospitals that appealed to the government are as follows:
- Adventist Medical Center (1 case)
- Asian Hospital Medical Center (5 cases)
- Cardinal Santos Medical Center (12 cases)
- Fatima University Medical Center (1 case)
- Makati Medical Center (13 cases)
- Manila Doctors Hospital (5 cases)
- Medical Center Manila (1 case)
- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (2 cases)
- The Medical City - Ortigas (30 cases)
- St. Luke's Medical Center - Quezon City (17 cases)
- St. Luke's Medical Center - Global City (16 cases)
- University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center (3 cases)
Rappler has previously reported that PGH was running low on PPEs. The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo has started distributing protective gear several days ago, as reported by The Philippine Star.
In a previous report by KAMI, Mayor Vico Sotto has also appealed to the national government to allow tricycles on the road in Pasig to help service health workers.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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