Patients use oxygen tanks in their vehicles as they wait outside Cebu City hospital

MANILA, Philippines – A Facebook post showing a long line of patients using oxygen tanks inside their vehicles as they wait to get a slot outside a hospital in Cebu City has circulated on social media.

According to netizen Aimz Kiamco Alegado, the photos were taken at Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City. She urged the public to stay at home as COVID-19 cases continue to rise and overwhelm hospitals in Cebu City.

Patients use oxygen tanks in their vehicles
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Aimz Kiamco Alegado

In a report by ABS-CBN News, Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak confirmed that hospitals are filled with cases of COVID-19.

Tumulak revealed that ambulances are going around hospitals to find emergency rooms for COVID-19 patients.

SEE ALSOPatients get treated inside car due to lack of hospital beds

"Last week pa po nakikita natin nagpipila na ang mga ambulance natin. Di natin pwede mailagay kaagad sa emergency room [ang mga pasyente] kasi punong-puno na rin ang emergency room,” he said.

He also asked for the support of the national government as private and public hospitals are understaffed in Cebu City.

Guys, this is not a joke. Please stay at home. Taken earlier near fuente. Familiar? 🙏

Posted by Aimz Kiamco Alegado on Sunday, August 1, 2021

"It takes the support of the national government. Kawawa naman po ang private hospitals natin kasi kulang po sila ng staff. It needs the intervention of the national government to support our private hospitals, not only private hospitals but also public hospitals,” Tumulak said.

Tumulak also pointed out that cemeteries in Cebu City can no longer accommodate burials in the city proper due to the rise in COVID-19-related deaths.

“Lahat ng sementeryo natin napupuno na talaga sa city proper natin, subalit dun sa rural areas natin, may 2 pa tayong rural area cemetery na okay pa po. Pwede pa po natin magamit,” he explained.

Moreover, the city also required burial within 24 hours for fatalities particularly those positive for COVID-19 which can’t afford cremation.

As of Sunday, August 1, Cebu City has logged a total of 2,700 active COVID-19 infections.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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