MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Orthopedic Center has clarified earlier reports that the hospital can no longer accommodate its own healthcare workers (HCW) who have contracted the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), now numbering to more than a hundred.
Contrary to an earlier report, the statement claiming that the hospital administration is now having difficulties finding quarantine facilities for the 80 HCWs who are active cases, came from a group of employees of the POC.
These employees also claimed that the 20 percent allocated beds at the hospital are not enough to accommodate the healthcare workers and other patients who are positive for COVID-19.
The POC administration’s official statement, however, said this information is untrue.
“This paragraph has two falsehoods, or at least one is a misperception and the other spouted wrong information claimed as true,” the statement said.
The statement further clarified that the POC is a tertiary hospital under the Department of Health (DOH) which “is ordered in this pandemic to accept and treat only severe and critical COVID-19 patients.”
It added that they would also immediately bring suspected COVID-19 patients to COVID-19 referral hospitals.
The DOH, on the other hand, is now conferring with the POC administration on which facilities will the mild and asymptomatic HCWs be sent.
Positive COVID-19 healthcare workers who are severely affected and are in critical condition may be admitted at the POC.
The DOH maintains that closing the POC or placing it under total lockdown is not an option as many patients will be affected. — (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf
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