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KC Concepcion worries about overloaded hospitals; calls for makeshift medical centers for COVID-19 patients

by Bernie V. Franco
Mar 24, 2020
Actress KC Concepcion on importance of makeshift medical facilities: “This should be a huge priority right now - to be able to accommodate as many patients as possible to receive better care and have a chance to heal and recover."
PHOTO/S: @juansarte on Instagram

Nananawagan si KC Concepcion sa government at private sectors na unahin ang paglikha ng makeshift medical centers para sa frontliners at COVID-19 patients.

Ito ay matapos mag-anunsiyo ang malalaking private hospitals na hindi na sila makakatanggap ng COVID-19 patients dahil sa overcapacity.

Kabilang na rito ang St. Luke’s Medical Center sa Quezon City at sa Bonifacio Global City; The Medical City sa Pasig City; at sa Makati Medical Center.

Sunud-sunod ang tweet ni KC ngayong gabi ng Martes, March 24, tungkol sa isyung ito.

Idiniin niya ang kahalagahan ng agarang makeshift medical centers para maagapan ang lumalalang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Idinidirekta ni KC ang kanyang pakiusap sa pamahalaan, private sector, at non-government organizations (NGOs).

Si KC ay Philippine ambassador for World Food Programme ng United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund o UNICEF.

Unang tweet niya: “More medical care & ICU-equipped centers need to be created / built as soon as possible.

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“This should be a huge priority right now - to be able to accommodate as many patients as possible to receive better care and have a chance to heal and recover.

“Pls Government or NGOs!”

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Diin niya: “Even St. Lukes QC & BGC is full now — please build new medical centers for CoVid-19 patients ASAP!!!!

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“As soon as today!!!

“We need to be able to house incoming patients with ICU-level equipment!!!

“Let’s go PHILIPPINES”

Iminungkahi rin ng aktres na pansamantalang gawing makeshift hospitals ang malalaking indoor venues at arena.

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“Also apparently distant from residential areas - medical staff should be able to park and eat there, be housed in hotels nearby, etc.”

Paalala ni KC: “Just hope this is prioritized.

“Hospitals are turning down patients already.

“What’s the point if our gov’t will allow patients to be turned away?”

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ST LUKE’S AND THE MEDICAL CITY OFFICIAL STATEMENTS

Ngayong Martes, naglabas ng official statement ang St. Luke’s Medical Center na hindi na nila kayang mag-confine ng COVID-19 patients.

Ito ay dahil umabot na sa maximum capacity ang dalawang branches ng ospital nila.

“While it is our desire to extend quality healthcare to every patient that needs our help, we can only do so much at this point,” ayon sa statement ng St. Luke’s.

“As of the moment, in both hospitals, we are already caring for 48 patients confirmed to be afflicted with the virus, 139 patients under investigation (PUI) and 592 of our very own frontline healthcare workers who are on quarantine.”

Gayunpaman, sinabi ng St. Luke's na nagpo-provide pa sila sa outpatients ng COVID-19 testing na qualified sa “stringent criteria set by the Department of Health.”

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Inilabas naman ng The Medical City ang official statement nito noong Linggo, March 23.

Simula ng statement: “Today, we have 64 PUIs and 18 COVID-19 + cases admitted in our ICU and floors.

“We have 11 patients in our Emergency Department waiting for rooms, 6 are already on mechanical ventilators and 5 are in critical condition.

Nasagad na rin daw ang kanilang frontline healthcare workforce, at ang 137 sa mga ito ay nasa quarantine.

“Unless we are able to move the new patients to other hospitals, our healthcare delivery system is going to break down.”

Binanggit din sa statement na patuloy ang pakikipag-ugnayan nila sa Pasig City hospitals: “They, too, are at full capacity, based on their workforce and facilities’ equipment.

“We do not wish at all to turn you away, but the reality is that we can no longer provide your loved-ones the care that they need.”

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As press time, umabot na sa 552 ang confirmed cases sa bansa.

Mayroon nang 35 ang nasasawi, habang 20 naman ang naka-recover na.

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Actress KC Concepcion on importance of makeshift medical facilities: “This should be a huge priority right now - to be able to accommodate as many patients as possible to receive better care and have a chance to heal and recover."
PHOTO/S: @juansarte on Instagram
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