Building ‘declining’ facilities amid growing cases
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 23) – The health ministry has asked hospitals to roll out “gradual” facilities to free up more beds as new coronavirus infections continue to rise and threaten to overwhelm the healthcare system.
The “steady rise” in new COVID-19 cases across the country is once again draining hospitals, Under Secretary of Health Leopoldo Vega told CNN Philippines’ News Night.
“We have told hospitals and various institutions, both public and private, that they must find ways …” It is a way to decongest hospitals. “
Outside the capital, Vega said the healthcare utilization rate was high in regions 2, 3 and 4A, adding that the government had asked hospitals to increase the number of their intensive care units.
“We have increased our intensive care units (beds) by over 1,300 to date,” said Vega. “There will be more modular hospitals for moderate, severe and critical cases.”
On Monday, the Philippines recorded a new all-time high in its daily COVID-19 tally with 18,332 new infections.
The DOH has also declared community transmission of the Delta variant highly contagious in Metro Manila and Calabarzon.