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NKTI emergency room services now at full capacity


The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) on Wednesday said its emergency room services have reached full capacity.

In a statement, the NKTI said the emergency room is filled with patients undergoing dialysis, individuals with leptospirosis and COVID-19.

“Dahil dito ay puno na rin ang aming Emergency Room (ER) na sa kasalukuyan ay umaabot na sa 3x ng aming kapasidad. Ito ay sa dahilang wala na ring bakanteng kuwarto sa mga wards,” the NKTI said.

(Due to this, our ER is also full, which currently reaches 3x our capacity. This is because there are no more vacant rooms in the wards.)

“Dagdag pa rito ay ang kakulangan ng nurses sa NKTI na siyang isa sa mga pinakamalaking problemang hinaharap ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (DOH) sa buong bansa,” it added.

(In addition to this, the lack of nurses in NKTI is one of the biggest problems facing the DOH nationwide.)

The NKTI also advised the public to go for other hospitals that can provide medical services.

In a separate statement, the DOH said it is coordinating with the NKTI to address the situation.

“In fact, DOH Under Secretary Nestor Santiago is in NKTI right now to assess the situation and ensure that all patients who will be going to NKTI will be effectively referred to nearby hospitals for appropriate management,” the Health Department said.

“Rest assured that the DOH is on top of this and will make sure that all patients seeking care will be accommodated. We will be providing more updates as we receive them,” it added.

The DOH, meanwhile, said that public may reach out to the National Patient Navigation and Referral Center through the following numbers to secure accommodation and reduce waiting time: 0919-977-3333; 0917-878-7418;  (02) 886-505-00; PLDT-1555 (Option 2); and 0915-777-7777. — RSJ, GMA Integrated News

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