Mon. May 23rd, 2022

About 40 percent of the staff of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) have been infected with Covid-19 or have been forced to quarantine, forcing the government-run hospital to operate in a “crisis mode.”


Dr. Jonas Del Rosario of the PGH said the government hospital has around 2,000 health workers and ancillary staff members involved in Covid-19 operations and 310 of them have tested positive for Covid-19 during the past week.

“We found that for every one health worker who had Covid, about 3 to 4 workers have high-risk exposure to either a patient, household member or co-worker,” he said in a Viber message.

“Roughly 40 percent of the workforce are infected or quarantined because of Covid. If conventional quarantine protocol is used, the hospital will run out of doctors, nurses, and support staff to take care of patients… We are operating in a crisis mode,” he added.

Del Rosario said some critical areas of PGH have as high as 80 percent of the workforce pulled out because of Covid-19 infection or exposure to an infected person.

Because of its present circumstance, the  PGH’s Hospital Infection Control Unit (HICU) said it has “no recourse but to conduct operations in a crisis mode and employ contingency measures.”

Also, the HICU said health workers who were quarantined because of exposure shall report back to work as long as they are not showing symptoms related to Covid-19.

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