MANILA – The Pasig City government on Thursday opened a temporary holding area for coronavirus patients with mild symptoms.
As more hospitals within Metro Manila are reaching full capacity, Mayor Vico Sotto said they aim to provide alternative solutions to the emerging Covid-bed shortage, particularly in the high-risk National Capital Region Plus.
“These are very difficult times. Hospitals are full. It’s hard to find vacant hospitals, even in our neighboring cities/provinces. Sometimes the patients can’t breathe,” Sotto said in his Facebook post.
He cited it takes about two to three hours for the city’s ambulance to find vacant beds for coronavirus patients.
“Ito po ay isang bahagi ng tugon natin sa matinding problema. Kukulangin pa rin siguro, pero makakatulong kahit papaano (This is part of our response to the prevailing crisis. Maybe it’s not enough, but it could help somehow),” he said.
Sotto said the five-bed temporary holding area at their Covid Referral Center will serve as an extension of emergency rooms and will accommodate patients with moderate symptoms.
The holding area has doctors, nurses, medical supplies, and basic hospital equipment. Sotto said they are also working to add more beds.
He thanked healthcare front-liners for continuously sacrificing and not giving up amid the emerging challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Special mention to our Pasig Emergency Unit for stepping up and taking on this new task. Malayo sa ideyal ang mga pangyayari sa ngayon, pero kakayanin natin ito (For now, it may be far from ideal but we can do this),” Sotto said.
Pasig still has 3,047 active cases, raising total confirmed cases to 16,697, with 13,087 recoveries and 563 deaths. (PNA)