“We were able to ramp up 367 of these intensive care unit beds in the different hospitals aside from the field modular,” Treatment Czar and DOH Undersecretary Dr. Leopoldo Vega said during the Malacañang media briefing on Monday, May 3.
Vega added that these areas only had 781 ICU beds in March, but now have a total of 1,148 beds in various hospitals.
“That’s the reason why bumaba na rin nang kaunti ang ating intensive care units [bed utilization] compared with last month na umaabot talaga sa high-risk category. Ito iyong mga naabot between 78 and 80 percent, now it’s hovering between 70-71 percent,” Vega said.
The health official emphasized that intensive care patients have a longer turnaround time compared to other patients.
“Sa isolation beds naman natin, we also increased the hospital beds kasi alam natin na there are also moderate cases na they are increasing because of the increase number of positive cases,” Vega said.
He added that 544 beds were added compared with last month.
The DOH cited that they have constructed 110 modular field hospital at the Lung Center Hospital and another 220 at the National Mental Hospital since these are specialized units or intensive care.
“Itong ginagawa po natin is making sure na iyong intensive care unit natin hindi aabot sa critical risk position wherein it would be very hard for the healthcare workers and even the patients to access and get specialized care,” Vega added. (PIA NCR)
By Joedie Mae D. Boliver