By RJ Espartinez

Maria Rosario Vergeire (Source: RTVM)

The Department of Health (DOH) said that the Philippines’ health care system current critical care utilization rate (CCUR) has enough facilities to treat patients who are in critical care due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“‘Yung critical care utilization rate, ito po ‘yung mga capacity ng health system kapag tinignan natin ‘yung critical resources like ICUs (intensive care units) at mechanical ventilators,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

“Ang sinasabi sa analysis natin, 35% pa lang ang nagagamit sa kabuuan, so masasabing marami pang reserba ang ating health system,” Vergeire added.

The CCUR is an essential indicator in classifying whether quarantine restrictions can be released since it gives data on the capacity of the country’s hospitals and other health facilities to take care of the critically ill during the crisis.

Vergeire clarified that the 35% CCUR is scattered in the whole country and that rates vary in every region.

“Kung titignan ang bawat rehiyon, iba-iba. May ibang rehiyon nasa critical level,” Vergeire said.

She also added that the case doubling time has also been reduced to 6.9 days from two to three days since the government implemented strict lockdown measures.

The mortality doubling time, on the other hand, has also decelerated to nine days.

“Masasabi natin na natulungan tayo ng community quarantine para ma-flatten ‘yung curve at para makapaghanda pa tayo lalo para sa pandemiya na ito,” she said.