Makati, the richest city in the Philippines, is seeking help from the national government as its hospitals and quarantine facilities can no longer accommodate more people infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“Our hospital capacity since two weeks ago is 100 percent, and we still have people on the waitlist,” said Makati Mayor Abigail Binay said.
“The local initiatives are not sufficient that’s why we are hoping that the national government will help us with isolation facilities, which was the arrangement last year,” she added.
Binay said the Ospital ng Makati and the Makati Medical Center were already full and one of the hospitals had as much as 30 patients in the emergency room waiting since last week.
Making matters worse is the shortage of medical workers as some hospital staff have already been infected. This has also deterred people from applying as medical staff in hospitals.
“We have openings for nurses and doctors but no one wants to apply. We initially had a bunch of nurses that applied and they decided to quit, a lot of people are scared,” she lamented.
Makati’s problem, however is not unique as Manila’s six city district hospitals logged a 91-percent occupancy rate, while the Pasay City Hospital is 100-percent occupied.
“Those are situations that are not particular to Makati but are currently being experienced across the country,” she added. SOVEREIGNPH