Pasig City established a temporary holding area to accommodate more COVID-19 cases as patients scramble to look for vacant hospital rooms, Mayor Vico Sotto said Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, Sotto said they decided to set up the temporary holding area to expand services of the emergency room at hospitals.
He added that some ambulances carrying patients with critical symptoms would take two to three hours to find a vacant hospital.
These are very difficult times... Puno ang mga Ospital. Ang hirap makahanap ng bakante sa ospital, kahit sa mga kalapit...Posted by Vico Sotto on Wednesday, April 7, 2021
"Ito po ay isang bahagi ng tugon natin sa matinding problema.. kukulangin pa rin siguro, pero makakatulong kahit papaano: nag set up tayo ng TEMPORARY HOLDING AREA na parang extension ng ER," said Sotto.
(This would address our problem... it would not be enough but it may still help by setting up a temporary holding area as an extension of our ER.)
"Para po ito sa mga moderate cases na hindi pa kayang tanggapin ng mga ospital. Bukas ng hapon, operational na ito," he added.
(These are for moderate cases that could not be admitted in hospitals. It will be operational by tomorrow, April 8.)
Sotto said the holding area has five COVID-19 beds but they would add more. It also has medical staff, basic equipment and other health supplies.
To date, Pasig reported 16,697 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 13,087 recoveries, 563 deaths and 3,047 active cases.—Consuelo Marquez/LDF, GMA News