MANILA — Both the Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City, Taguig branches of the St. Luke’s Medical Center have both reached their capacities for intensive care beds allocated for coronavirus patients the hospital said on Monday, 13 July 2020.

Aside from St. Luke’s, the Makati Medical Center also released an official statement saying the hospital has its bed capacity allocation for COVID-19 patients filled.

MMC said it is operating in full capacity “insofar as our capability to handle patients suspected and confirmed to have COVID-19 is concerned” the hospital said in a separate statement.

Under the Bayanihan Law, private hospitals are tasked to reserve at least 30 percent of their total bed capacities for coronavirus patients.

SLMC management said that “Quezon City (SLMC-QC) and Global City (SLMC-GC) have reached full capacity of allocated COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) beds as of today, July 13.”

“In this regard, we request the public to consider bringing critically ill COVID-19 suspects to alternative hospitals so they will receive immediate and utmost care. We will keep everyone updated once we reopen admissions for COVID-19 ICU beds,” the hospital added.

On the other hand, MMC said it has, since March, attended to “tens of thousands” of patients suspected of having COVID-19 adding that it needs augment its physical and manpower resources to meet the demand.

“The COVID-19 zones of MMC, both the regular wards and the Critical Care Units, and especially the Emergency Room, are now full,” it also said.

It may be recalled last March at the outset of the pandemic , the hospitals also made a similar announcement as they reached their bed limits in March, a week after the enhanced community quarantine was implemented.

A group of private hospitals also appealed to the health department to centralize COVID-19 response efforts due to the inadequacy of their current facilities to accommodate all patients.

“The panic is escalating, mortality is increasing, our supplies of [PPE] are running short, our frontline staff are increasingly getting depleted as more of them are quarantined or physically and emotionally exhausted, and a number of our medical colleagues are already hooked to respirators fighting for their lives in various ICUs (intensive care units),” the private hospitals said in a joint statement.

A new community quarantine classification may be announced on Wednesday, Malacanang said.

“Both hospitals remain open to accommodate admissions and treatment of non-COVID-19 cases, including outpatient procedures. We appeal to the public to avoid complacency and strictly adhere to health protocols and preventive measures against COVID-19,” the hospital said. (ia/SPH)