Cabanatuan hospital closes OPD due to influx of Covid patients

Cabanatuan hospital closes OPD due to influx of Covid patients

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – The Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center (PJGMRMC) here temporarily closed on Monday its out-patient department (OPD) due to an influx of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients in the city.

Covid-19 patients from various provinces in Central Luzon and the National Capital Region (NCR) continue to arrive here after being referred to by the One Hospital Command center.

As of Monday, PJGMRMC which is a Covid-19 referral center, has at least 73 patients. The facility has allocated 120 beds to infected individuals as per the Department of Health (DOH) directive, hospital director Dr. Hubert Lapuz said.

Aside from patients from some municipalities in Bulacan and Pampanga, Lapuz said those coming from the cities of Malabon, Makati, and Pasig have started to populate its Covid ward.

He noted that Central Luzon tends to absorb the overflow of patients from Metro Manila because of its proximity to the country’s capital.

The PJGMRMC may adjust to 200 its Covid-19 beds but is faced with another problem. “We are already within 150 percent on our non-Covid patients,” Lapuz said in an interview.

By temporarily closing their OPD, he said, they hope to contain the possible spread of the virus within their vicinity.

“Sa dami ng ina-admit namin, ginamit na namin yung tent ng triad sa out-patient saka baka mahawa pa yung mga pupuntang out-patient (With many patients we are admitting, we have already used the triad tent for the out-patients and the out-patients might get infected,” Lapuz said.

He, however, said that emergency patients, as well as those undergoing chemotherapy, can receive continuous services.

“Yung sa magpapakonsulta lang mayroon kaming tinatawag na telehealth kung saan pwede silang komunsulta at tutulungan sila ng aming mga duktor online (For those who only want to consult, we have what we called telehealth where they can consult and they will be helped by our doctors online),” Lapuz said.

He admitted that medical front-liners were already experiencing exhaustion due to the huge number of patients.

“Sa tagal na nito. Mahigit isang taon na. Kaya lang talagang ito’y sinumpaan ng manggagawa ng kalusugan, obligadong gawin ang lahat (It has taken a long time. It’s been over a year. But this is a sworn duty of the health workers, thus they are obliged to do everything),” Lapuz said. PNA –