The government-run Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) in Quezon City has closed its doors to walk-in patients infected with the coronavirus disease 2019, as its emergency room was already operating at 200 percent its capacity.
“We are currently not accepting walk-in and uncoordinated transfer of Covid-19 patients as well as elective surgical and nonemergency medical non-Covid-19 patients,” the LCP said.
The LCP issued the statement as the Department of Health (DOH) also on Sunday reported that 78 percent of the intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 patients in Metro Manila were already utilized. Also, 70 percent of isolation beds, 60 percent of ward beds and 60 percent of ventilators are in use for Covid-19 patients.
LCP spokesperson Dr. Norberto Francisco said their facility had been struggling with Covid-19 patients the past two weeks.
“We are not just full; we are very full,” said Francisco in a radio interview. “We are just trying to find ways to handle severe and critical patients by adding more beds, stretchers, reclining chairs, oxygen supply, IV lines and infusion pumps.”
He added the LCP has already devoted 55 percent of its 200 ward beds to Covid-19 patients.Earlier, the government-run Philippine Orthopedic Center and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, both in Quezon City, announced its Covid-19 beds were already utilized for patients of the virus. SOVEREIGNPH