LOOK: Patients get treated inside car due to lack of hospital beds

MANILA, Philippines – To give the public a glimpse of the current situation of hospitals due to the rising cases of COVID-19, a medical doctor has posted a photo of a patient getting treated inside a car.

In a Facebook post, Dr. Jamie Ysabel explained that healthcare workers are giving their best to accommodate patients despite the lack of facilities and equipment of the unnamed hospital. Although the situation is not ideal, Ysabel thanked patients for understanding the situation and even giving them treats despite the fact that they are only staying in wheelchairs in parking lots.

Patients get treated inside car due to lack of hospital beds
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Jamie Ysabel

“To our patients who understand, thank you po. Thank you po for your little treats just because we accommodated you kahit nasa parking lot and wheelchair lang kayo. You uplift us that way,” she wrote.

Moreover, Ysabel also urged her fellow healthcare workers to look out for each other despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic situation in the country.

“To my fellow doctors I know my patients kayo need to admit but this is the real situation, our nurses are also short handed. Even IV stands ubos na that very IV stand ako pa gmwa nyan with medical tapes just so we can bring it outside. Lets look out for each other.”

I never thought something like this can happen in my lifetime. i know this is not ideal at all but this is the best we...

Posted by Jamie Ysabel Amposta on Saturday, April 3, 2021

With the continuous 5-digit daily rise of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) are getting overwhelmed and running out of hospital beds for patients requiring intensive care.

Several netizens whose family members experienced difficulty in finding hospitals for their sick loved ones shared their experience on social media. Angelo Barrera, whose father succumbed to COVID-19 outside the emergency room, said they called 20 hospitals but none could accommodate his father.

As of writing, the Department of Health has recorded 11,028 newly confirmed infections and 135,526 active cases. Around 41,000 patients have recovered accounting to the Philippines’ highest daily increase in recoveries.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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