By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Nancy Binay on Monday expressed support to the Philippine College of Physician to use selected hotels as temporary hospital facilities amid rising number of positive cases from coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
In a statement, Binay said that the projected increases and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases have already weakened the entire healthcare system, causing many hospitals in Metro Manila to reach full capacity.
“I fully support the recommendation of the Philippine College of Physicians to convert select hotels into a temporary hospital facilities for mild to moderate Covid positive patients.,” she said.
Binay said that our health workers already feel overwhelmed and many facilities are already overly packed with people seeking immediate medical care.
“The move to tap hotels will help lessen the burden on health workers, and hospitals that are currently admitting severe cases.,” she said.
“This would require sacrifice on the part of the private sector, but I believe the hotel industry is very much willing to help and is well-equipped to respond to the challenge,” Binay added.
The lady senator said that they are in a unique position to help and complement our hospitals and local quarantine centers to support our healthcare system.
“They have the backbone in providing viable solutions to quarantine challenges at this very critical time.
I am one with the PCP in urging the IATF to study this proposal at the soonest,” Binay ended. (AI/MTVN)