GORDON PRESSES NEED FOR ADDITIONAL HOSPITALS AS HEALTH INSTITUTIONS REACH CRITICAL LEVEL
Senator Richard J. Gordon underscored the need to build more hospitals as hundreds of them are on full capacity due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant.
Gordon said the significant increase in COVID cases during the past couple days is troubling. But what is more alarming, as he emphasized, is the lack of enough facility to accommodate the patients.
“Some of COVID patients have nowhere to go like what happened in Cebu where there were a few who were forced to stay in their cars or lay on the ground while waiting for their turn to be accommodated at the ER (emergency room)," he said.
Gordon proposed to establish more Philippine General Hospital (PGH)-like facilities across the country especially in rural areas where access to health facilities and healthcare is limited.
“Why not construct 50 buildings for 5,000 hospital beds? We have lots of available land in provinces like Bulacan. We can also construct emergency hospitals or even isolation facilities which we can convert to production sites for investors once the pandemic is over,” said Gordon.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), 236 of the 1,291 hospitals in the country have reached critical levels due to the upsurge in COVID cases.
At the National Capital Region (NCR), which is the epicenter of the outbreak, 25 out of 159 hospitals are close to full capacity.
“This pandemic has exposed the weakness of our hospital system. It is just too painful to watch our people suffer that’s why it’s critical that we strengthen it by building more health facilities. Hospitals are essential part of the overall health system development and every Juan deserves a quality health care,” Gordon said.