MALACAÑANG on Sunday, April 11, 2021, announced that a total of 3,156 additional beds either have been opened or will be set up for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients in the National Capital Region (NCR) and provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, or NCR plus.
Of this number, 164 additional intensive care unit (ICU) beds for patients in critical condition, and 1,157 regular beds for moderate and severe cases will be opened by 104 hospitals in the NCR plus.
There are 1,070 additional regular beds, bringing the total additional beds for moderate and severe cases to 2,227, as well as 765 isolation beds for mild and asymptomatic cases.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said this commitment was made as of 11 a.m. Sunday, a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. to settle the unpaid Covid-19 claims of hospitals.
Among those that have been opened are: 110 at the Quezon Institute for moderate and severe cases; 960 at the National Center for Mental Health for moderate cases; 300 at Manila Times College in Subic for mild and asymptomatic cases; 165 in New Clark City in Tarlac for mild and asymptomatic cases; 200 at the Eva Macapagal Terminal in Maynila for mild and asymptomatic cases; 100 at the Orion, Bataan Port Terminal for mild and asymptomatic cases.
As of April 9, Roque said there were 1,395 ICU beds in the NCR, Central Luzon and Calabarzon. Of these, 1,159 or 83 percent were occupied.
There were also 6,367 ward beds and 9,071 isolation beds. Occupancy as of April 9 was 3,957 or 62 percent of the ward beds, and 5,858 or 64.5 percent of the isolation beds.
With the additional beds, the healtcare utilization rates for the three regions will go down to 74.34 percent for ICU, 46 percent for ward, and nearly 60 percent for isolation beds. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)