At least four major hospitals in the Philippines are already overwhelmed with the coronavirus pandemic and announced that it can no longer receive COVID-19 patients.
St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon and Taguig, Makati Medical Center, and The Medical City in Pasig City said the hospitals are in overcapacity.
Palau’s Medical Referral Program refers patients who require medical treatment off-island in places like Manila, Philippines.
The Ministry of Health earlier said patients’ referral to Manila has been put on hold.
As of Thursday, Palau has no confirmed coronavirus cases.
In an advisory, March 24, St Luke’s said it could no longer accept coronavirus patients for confinement.
“St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City and Global City are regrettably, no longer capable of accepting COVID-19 patients for confinement,” according to the statement.
“Both hospitals have already exceeded maximum capacity and admitting more COVID-19 patients will seriously impact our ability to deliver the critical level of care and attention patients need at this time,” it said.
The two St. Luke’s hospitals are now treating 48 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and 139 patients under investigation, while 592 of its health frontliners are already under quarantine, the statement said.
“Both hospitals have already exceeded the maximum capacity and admitting more COVID-19 patients will seriously impact our ability to deliver the critical level of care and attention patients need at this time,” it said.
Makati Medical Center in a statement Tuesday meanwhile said it has reached its “threshold in its capability to respond to more COVID-19 cases.”
“As such, we can no longer extend the same degree of care and attention for any additional admission for COVID-19 cases,” its medical director Dr. Saturnino Javier said in a statement.
Medical City meanwhile on Monday urged patients to look for other hospitals.
In a statement, the hospital said it has 64 persons under investigations (PUI) and 18 coronavirus positive cases confined in its ward and intensive care unit as of Monday.
Clearly, we already exceeded our capacity. Our frontline healthcare workforce is already overstretched as 137 of them are in quarantine. Unless we are able to move the new patients to other hospitals, our healthcare delivery system is going to break down,” the hospital said.
The hospital said while it wishes to serve patients, it can no longer do so.
“We do not wish at all to turn you away, but the reality is that we can no longer provide your loved-ones the care that they need,” it said.