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Jose Abad Santos hospital temporarily stops admitting patients without COVID-19

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno announced on Monday, August 10, that the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) has temporarily stopped admitting new non-COVID OB patients as its occupancy rate has already reached its capacity.

Moreno said the hospital can no longer accommodate new patients in the meantime as it has reached its load capacity. He said the temporary stoppage of acceptance is indefinite, but it will allow the hospital to decongest, to maintain physical distancing of patients, to avoid potential complications and to protect its staff.

“We have expecting mothers na para ipa-caesarian, ipapaoperahan. Para ‘di mabulunan ang ating mga doktor, we have augmented sa adjacent hospitals, such as Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center,” the mayor said.

In an advisory, the JJASGH management said that their occupancy rate, as of writing, has already reached 233 percent.

“There are six patients waiting to undergo cesarean section, and we have only one operating room. Our other operating room is for COVID-19 patients. Even non-duty OB Doctors are being recalled to help the duty team. There are 31 patients in the Recovery Room with a capacity of only 8,” the hospital said.