SEVERAL public and private tertiary hospitals in Cavite province are now in full capacity and no longer can afford to accommodate virus patients in emergency rooms and wards as COVID-19 cases in the province spike, health authorities yesterday said.
According to Dr. Ivy Yrastorza, city health officer of Bacoor, most of the hospitals in the locality are in almost full capacity.
In Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Bgy. Habay, Bacoor, the COVID ward beds were all occupied by patients for almost over a week now.
“Kahit po gustuhin namin tanggapin ang mga pasyente, ‘yan po ay mga kaakibat na mga kagamitan tulad po ng Hi-flow O2 machine and oxygen, the hospital staff members, ‘yung supply ng oxygen hindi ganun kadaling mag-order, and ang taas ng demand n’yan ngayon,” STRH OIC chief of hospital Ruby Ephraim Rubiano told People’s Journal.
“If you can see, we extend our ER in a makeshift tent to accommodate walk-in patients.” Dr. Rubiano added.
In Kawit, the Binakayan Hospital and Medical Center, San Pedro Calungsod Medical Center, both private hospitals, and the Kalayaan Public Hospital in Kalayaan Road are also in full capacity.
“Public and public hospitals here are experiencing full operational capacity. Even the COVID-19 dedicated beds and ICU admission of both Level 2 private hospitals situated in our municipality. Our isolation facility as well has reached its maximum patient capacity,” Kawit Mayor Angelo Aguinaldo said.
“We are now in discussion with owners/proprietors of private establishments, particularly hotels and lodging inns, to be converted as temporary isolation facilities for the immediate isolation of COVID-19 patients,” Mayor Aguinaldo added.
In Imus City, the Ospital ng Imus located in Bgy. Malagasang is now also in full capacity as posted on their official social media page, as well as the The Our Lady of Pillar private hospital in Sara Subdivision in Bgy. Bayan Luma.
In General Trias City, COVID patients swamped three private tertiary hospitals — GenTri Doctors Medical Center, GenTri Medical Hospital and The Divine Grace Hospital in Centennial road, Bgy. Tejero, city health officer Dr. Jonathan Luseco said.
Noveleta rural health officer Dr. Hilda Bucu said the Noveleta Medical Hospital is also full of patients infected with the dreaded coronavirus disease-19.
In upland Tagaytay City, both the ER and COVID ward of the Ospital ng Tagaytay, a public hospital, is also full of virus patients.
“Ang isolation facility ay almost puno na pero may pinagdadalhan kami ng Oplan Kalinga na isolation facilities like Hacienda Isabel, Sunrise Hotel at Balai Taal sa Talisay,” Dr. Capupus said.
The province has recorded 500 COVID cases a day, according to a data released by the Philippine Information Agency – Calabarzon.
As of August 13, Cavite has 67,620 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,106 active cases, 57,750 recoveries and 1,754 deaths.
Cavite was placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until August 31.