June 5, 2021

The capacity of the Bicol Covid-19 referral hospital has been reached.

On Saturday, the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) in Naga City stated that its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and isolation wards for patients afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are now “at capacity.”

BMC spokesman Mylce Mella said in a statement that as a result, the hospital will restrict admissions to Covid-19 patients with only severe and critical conditions beginning Saturday and continuing until the ban is removed.

The BMC has set aside 140 beds for Covid-19 patients, 25 of which will be in the intensive care unit and the remainder in isolation units.

These units, according to the hospital, are understaffed to manage the constant stream of Covid-19 patients.

“Additionally, all of the high-flow oxygen devices and mechanical ventilators have been deployed and are in service. As a result, there are no more available units for new admissions “According to the statement,

As a result, the BMC advised local governments to expand existing quarantine facilities to accommodate patients with mild to severe symptoms as well as those who are asymptomatic.

The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in Legazpi City and the Bicol Area General Hospital Geriatric Medical Center (BRGHGMC) in Cabusao, Camarines Sur are the other two Covid-19 referral hospitals in the Bicol region.

According to sources in the BRTTH, 49 out of 76 isolation ward beds for Covid-19 patients were available as of June 3, while 16 out of 18 ICU beds for Covid-19 patients were filled.

The BRGHGMC has 63 beds set aside for Covid-19 patients, 12 (or 19%) of which are occupied, while all or 100% of the ICU beds for such patients are filled.

Bicol has reported 12,748 infections from March last year to June 3, according to the regional health office’s Covid-19 tracker, with active cases at 3,966 (31.11%), recoveries at 8,363 (65.6%), and fatalities at 419. (3.29 percent).

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