Eleven hospitals in Metro Manila have reported a 100 percent utilization rate of their intensive care unit (ICU) beds for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire identified the 11 hospitals as the following:
- Veterans Memorial Medical Center
- University of Santo Tomas Hospital
- University of Perpetual Help
- Tondo Medical Center
- Seamen’s Hospital
- Philippine Children’s Medical Center
- Metro North Medical Center and Hospital
- Las Piñas Doctors Hospital
- De Los Santos Medical Center
- Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center
- Capitol Medical Center
Vergeire added that the Lung Center of the Philippines reported a 97-percent utilization of its COVID-19 ICU beds while the East Avenue Medical Center recorded 89 percent and the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center posted 83 percent.
“When we talk about the percentage of beds that had been occupied already, it is not equivalent to the entire bed capacity of the hospital. Here, we are just referring to the dedicated beds for COVID-19,” the health official stressed.
Vergeire earlier said there were some hospitals that ignored the DOH requirement to designate 30 percent of hospital beds for COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, the critical care resources of state hospitals in Metro Manila have reached a “moderate risk level” though not yet overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.
The Philippines logged 2,099 new cases on Monday afternoon, raising the total infections nationwide to 46,333. -NB, GMA News