Cebu City’s private hospitals ask for public’s understanding

PRIVATE hospitals are appealing for understanding from probable, suspected, and confirmed patients of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as bed capacity is almost full.

However, quarantine and isolation centers managed by private groups and Cebu City government are mostly half full as more recoveries have been recorded for the past three days.

Chong Hua Hospital (CHH) in its Covid-19 daily tracker reported that as of 11 a.m. on June 24, 2020, a total of 183 confirmed, probable, and suspected Covid-19 patients are currently admitted.

Of the 183, 42 are confirmed Covid-19 patients, 111 are probable and 30 are suspected Covid-19 cases.

CHH also reported that 49 percent are classified severe cases, 38 percent are moderate and 13 percent are considered critical.

As of June 24, CHH Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed capacity for Covid-19 patients is 88.8 percent occupied or 16 ICU beds occupied out of the 18 total ICU bed allocation.

Regular Covid-19 bed occupancy is at 95.4 percent or 167 beds out of 175.

“We ask for understanding from all our patients, particularly those waiting to be served, that we are doing our best to accommodate as many as possible without compromising quality care. Stay safe everyone,” CHH said on its Facebook post.

UCMed, on the other hand, is already expanding its Covid-19 floors and added more beds in its emergency room as of Tuesday, June 23.

In a Facebook post, UCMed said they have increased their ICU beds and are now preparing other floors to increase Covid bed capacity to 91.

“We have made all these preparations to ensure that we can accommodate Covid-19 patients needing our care and assistance. At the same time, we are also implementing strict safety protocols to ensure that our healthcare workers are safe and will continue to serve our community in an effort to beat Covid-19,” UCMed said.

Meanwhile, the City Government's barangay isolation centers where asymptomatic patients are housed, are half full.

In the south district, of the 1,510-bed capacity, only 655 beds are occupied or 43.37 percent.

In the north district, 34.68 percent of the beds are occupied or only 369 beds of the 1,064-bed allocation.

The 260 beds in the mountain barangays only have 1.15 percent occupancy or three beds occupied.

In the field centers, where mild to moderate symptomatic Covid-19 patients are placed, only 33.13 percent of the total bed capacity for the three centers are occupied.

The 48-bed Bayanihan Cebu Sacred Heart School Field Center is 100 percent occupied while the 130-bed Bayanihan Cebu IEC Field Center has 20 beds occupied as of June 23.

The Cebu City Quarantine Center with a 160-bed capacity has 44 beds occupied as of June 24.

Data from the Cebu City Health Department showed that for the last three days the number of recoveries from Cebu City has increased, bringing down the total active cases in the city. (MVG)