ALL hospitals in Bacolod City have already reached full bed capacity allocated for Covid-19 patients in the city, Dr. Rommela Tiples-Ruiz, infectious diseases specialist and president of Philippine Society for Microbiology ad Infections Diseases-Negros Occidental, said on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
“As of the moment, it’s already full (Covid-19 patients). All the rooms or beds allocated for Covid-19 patients are occupied,” Tiples-Ruiz said.
Healthcare facilities under the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) in Bacolod City include the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, Metro Bacolod Hospital and Medical Center, South Bacolod General Hospital, The Doctors’ Hospital, and Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
Tiples-Ruiz said as of Wednesday, the Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital has a total of 30 Covid-19 waitlisted patients; Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital has more than 50 waitlisted patients; The Doctors’ Hospital, more than 30 Covid-19 patients.
“The allocated beds for the Covid-19 patients are already full. The problem with the current situation, we lack nurses. The beds or wards are there, but there is a lack of human resources to take care of these patients,” she said.
She added that there may be some wards or segments of the hospital that are vacant but there are no nurses.
Tiples-Ruiz noted that some of the healthcare workers were also affected with Covid-19. They were also in isolation.
“So you cannot just put in people when you cannot take care of them. It’s the responsibility of the hospital to admit, treat and taking care of the patients, but they are now in a lot of trouble accepting patients when they are unable to monitor patients,” Tiples-Ruiz said.
She said currently, there is a move to have a home care service for Covid-19 patients in the city to be spearheaded by the local government unit.
“That would help because they may not probably be in the hospital, but at least while they are waiting to be admitted, there is already some management being done on them. It may also prevent them from getting severe infection,” she added.
City Administrator Em Ang, executive director of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force, also said they already have a pending request with the Department of Health (DOH) to augment more nurses to the city, as well as to increase the allocation of beds for the Covid-19 patients.
She said the hospital allocation of beds for Covid-19 patients is still within the required percentage by the DOH, adding that private hospitals also exceed its minimum requirement, which is 20 percent for Covid-19 patients.