Villar Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Secretary Carlito Galvez, Secretary Vince Dizon, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso, UP-PGH director Dr.Gerardo Legaspi and other officials inspect the damage on the third floor of PGH on Monday. Photo by JON-JON REYES

Surgical operations at PGH suspended

May 17, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 502 views

THE emergency room of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) remained closed Monday while surgical operations remain suspended, after fire hit a portion of the operating room early Sunday morning.

PGH spokesperson Dr. Jonas del Rosario said they are in the process of fixing everything and that they intend to reopen the emergency room Tuesday.

Meanwhile, surgical operations remain suspended pending an inventory of all equipment and instruments being used.

“Within 24-48 hours, masasabi namin kung kailan magre-resume (ang mga operasyon),” said Del Rosario.

He also said that they are trying to normalize operations in the said hospital, adding that all patients have been returned to their respective wards and rooms except for those who had to be transferred to other hospitals.

“Almost all patients are back to their rooms and wards. ‘Yung mga nailipat sa chapel, sa corridor, ER, halos naibalik na po namin sila lahat,” he said.

Del Rosario assured that all COVID-19 patients remain isolated from non-COVID-19 patients even during the time that an evacuation was being made.

He also said that there was no water damage since the firefighters were very careful in putting out the fire.

Representatives from the Bureau of Fire Protection and Department of Public Works and Highways went to the PGH Monday to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the damage caused by the said fire and determine the cause.

Del Rosario thanked those who donated food and other stuff for the use of the hospital staff and patients.