Manila’s Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital has temporarily stopped admitting non-Covid obstetrics patients after reaching more than three times its occupancy rate. 

“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 on its official Facebook page.

The halt of patient admission would allow the decongestion of the hospital, to maintain physical distancing of the patients and provide protection to its staff, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Moreno said on Monday.

Capacities of other hospitals were boosted, Moreno said.

“We have expecting mothers na para ipa-cesarean, ipapaoperahan. Para ‘di mabulunan ang ating mga doktor, we have augmented sa adjacent hospitals, such as Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center,” Moreno said. Ma. Veracel A. Martinez