Tue. May 11th, 2021

Already struggling in handling cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City got a deluge of leptospirosis cases on Tuesday.

A total of 78 leptospirosis patients were admitted to the NKTI, forcing the hospital to convert its gym into a ward to accommodate them.


NKTI Executive Director Rose Marie Liquete said 89 patients had been admitted for leptospirosis since Nov. 12 after Typhoon Ulysses hit parts of Luzon.

Leptospirosis is a water-borne disease that can kill if left untreated. The urine of rats is primarily responsible for the disease, which can lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure and respiratory distress.

Despite the surge in leptospirosis cases, Liquete said the number “is still manageable.”

However, NKTI still has to deal with manpower issues, as a number of its nurses have resigned with some of them seeking employment abroad.

“[There are] less nurses in noncritical areas. I hope we don’t close wards. The cases are manageable, but most nurses are working overtime,” she said. SOVEREIGNPH

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