MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Hospital admissions for COVID patients are starting to increase nationwide, according to the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPi)
PHAPi president Dr. Jose Rene de Grano stated that the COVID-19 admissions in private hospitals of the National Capital Region (NCR) and other areas of the country have topped over 20 percent in the past few days.
“We noticed that for the past two or three days, the number of cases really slightly increased. The rate of admissions in private hospitals also increased slightly,” De Grano stated.
“Before, we only had less than 20 percent hospital admissions. Now, a few, although not all, increased by more than 20 percent, and the others up to 50 percent. But it depends on the number of allocated beds,” he added.
De Grano has also mentioned that other private hospitals in Calabarzon, specifically Cavite and Laguna, as well as Aklan and Davao region, have been hit with a slight increase in hospital admission rates.
Health office-in-charge Maria Rosaio S. Vergeire said that the Aklan province had increased the positivity rate to 59.7 percent just from this past week.
With the rising admissions, Vergeire said that the use of beds for COVID-19 patients in Aklan was only 17 percent, while the rate for intensive care unit beds was at 5 percent, causing both of them to be low risk.
Due to there being only a few medical facilities in those regions outside of NCR, the patients are starting to crowd.
De Grano noted that some of the COVID cases on these patients were “coincidental,” which means they came to get checked up for other medical reasons but happened to have COVID as well.
It was also stated by De Grano that the majority of these COVID cases are mild, meaning most of these patients can stay home and quarantine until they feel better.
Although most cases were mild, De Grano added that they are closely monitoring the moderate and severe cases with comorbidities and immune-compromised cases.
With the rates rising, De Grano still encouraged the public to go to the hospital to seek medical consultation.
De Grano also encourages the public to wear a face mask, get vaccinated, and be protected from the virus. – WhatALife!/Zain
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