At least five major hospitals in the Philippine capital Manila have said they are full and can no longer offer the required degree of care and attention to any additional Covid-19 patients.
These top hospitals are considered well equipped in the Philippines. They are St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City, De Los Santos Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Taguig, The Medical City, Makati Medical Center and the Philippine Heart Center.
Many fear other private medical facilities will also refuse further admissions due to a lack of isolation rooms and ventilators.“Both hospitals [St. Luke’s in Quezon City and St. Luke’s in Taguig] have already exceeded maximum capacity and admitting more Covid-19 patients will seriously impact the hospital’s ability to deliver the critical level of care and attention patients need at this time,” a spokesman for St. Luke’s Medical Center said.
“We are also treating non-Covid patients on other floors and their health conditions cannot be compromised.”The Medical City announced that its workforce was overstretched as 137 of them were in quarantine due to Covid-19.
“Unless we are able to move the new patients to other hospitals, our healthcare delivery system is going to break down,” it said in a statement.