UP-PGH fears shortage of PPEs as COVID-19 cases soar

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country are soaring and healthcare workers are facing a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPEs).

The University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) has formally opened as one of the COVID-19 patient referral centers in the country.

The hospital has set up 130 beds for COVID-19 positive cases.

In an interview with UNTV’s Get it Straight with Daniel Razon, UP-PGH Spokesperson Dr. Jonas del Rosario said the hospital is equipped with enough units of ventilators for COVID-19 patients.

Sa ngayon po meron kaming 60 ventiltors na ready. Just in case po na 30% ng 130 ay tamaan ng sakit ready po tayo [For now, we have 60 ventilators ready. Just in case 30% of the 130 patients become serious, we are ready],” Del Rosario said.

He, however, expressed concern over the possible shortage of PPEs if the number of confirmed cases in the country reaches its peak in the coming days.

Ang amin pong consumption, ang aming estimate is iyong 130 beds po na iyan ay ma- fully occupied. We’re talking about 1,000 PPEs a day. Tinitingnan namin ang aming stocks, baka po mga 10 to 14 days lang sa ngayon ang kayang punuan,” he said.

[Based on our consumption at the moment, we estimated that all 130 beds will be fully occupied. We’re talking about 1,000 PPEs a day. We’re looking at our stocks and we fear it can only be enough for the next 10 to 14 days.]

As of today, the hospital management is looking to outsource PPEs and Del Rosario asked for donations from institutions in preparation for the surge of patients. MNP (with inputs from Aiko Miguel)

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