- Inquirer posts a photo sent by a netizen showing NKTI patients with dextroses lying on the cold floors of the corridors of the facility, while others sleep on their wheelchairs
- Hospitals in the NCR, including the NKTI, experienced a sudden surge recently due to the rise in COVID-19 cases
- Many of the patients who went to hospitals to be admitted ended up sleeping in the open or in the facilities’ corridors due to the lack of rooms
- Most of the hospitals in Metro Manila and nearby provinces are now in a state of overcapacity
Inquirer has published photos showing the pitiful condition of National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) patients lying on the floors and in open spaces of the facility.
Many of the patients already had a dextrose, suggesting they were already admitted to the hospital.
Recently, however, hospitals in the NCR report running out of beds due to the sudden rise of COVID cases, particularly in the Metro Manila area.
Because of this, patients and their watchers had to endure the cold and discomfort of sleeping on cigarette cartons functioning as makeshift beds on the floors of the hospitals’ corridors.
The same thing is happening at the NKTI. A photo sent by a netizen to Inquirer, which the newspaper published, showed patients and persons that look like their watchers, show them sleeping on the floor.
Others were resting on their wheelchairs with dextroses attached to their arms.
The sudden surge of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the NCR, is stretching the limits of hospitals, both in facilities and manpower. Hospitals have started turning away patients for lack of rooms, though there are patients who succeeded in getting admitted, but still, they ended up being treated in open areas and on the floor. With more than 8,000 new cases of COVID on an almost daily basis since the end of March, hospitals say new emergency facilities are needed.
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