About 30 patients suspected of being hit by COVID-19 lined up in their vehicle while waiting to be vacated and admitted to a private hospital in Cebu City. The patients in the vehicle fitted with an oxygen tank.
In a report by Raffy Tima on GMA News “24 Oras” on Monday, it was said that as early as Friday, the number of suspected COVID-19 patients started to increase.
“Thirty-three patients waiting for makapasok dito sa loob ng hospital na ito. They are all suspected COVID patients,” said Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak.
It is said that patients who do not want to take risks in other hospitals are cared for.
“‘Di na sila gusto na paulit-ulit na magpaikot-ikot, so dito na lang sa ospital na ito at saka tinitingnan naman sila ng nurses at doktor,” the councilor added.
The local government has also set up tents for patients in the vehicle.
Patients are also ready to provide fuel in case they need it in the vehicle.
According to Tumulak, hospitals in the city and even in other municipalities have been full since last week.
That is why he encouraged people to follow health protocols so that COVID-19 cases do not increase in their area.
Suspected COVID-19 patients line up outside Cebu City hospital
Cebu is under general community quarantine with heightened restrictions until August 15
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that the government’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines is still insufficient to be given to all Filipinos.
This is despite the call for faster vaccination against the virus due to the threat of the more contagious Delta variant.
“Ang problema talaga ng Pilipinas, wala tayo supply na maganda,” the President said in the weekly public address on Monday.
“Kasi kung mayroon, maibigay natin sa lahat. If we have numbers in sufficient vaccines, hindi na sila maghintay, ibigay na natin agad. It is just a matter of handling. Our worry is just the handling and how the efficacy of the vaccines is protected. Pero pagdating, gusto natin pagdating ibigay na agad.
“Unahin lang natin ang mga mainit na lugar na marami tao. More persons, more transmission, less crowd, less transmission.”