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Hospital group gives up, says battle against Covid-19 is lost


March 31, 2021
WITH several health facilities in the National Capital Region (NCR) already overwhelmed by coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients, the head of the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) said the health sector has lost the fight.

"One year of fighting for our doctors, nurses, and other hospital personnel. By this time, it appears we are already losing this fight," PHA president Jaime Almora said in a television interview.

"Their capabilities to provide the services are already depleted. Hospitals are being overwhelmed and overrun. We have actually already lost," he added.

He said healthcare workers are experiencing fatigue and many are getting sick with Covid-19.

"Healthcare workers are already very tired. Sixteen hours of duty and they are already running short. What is happening is really saddening as patients are being denied admission or have to wait for a long time," said Almora.

He said the lack of personnel is the reason behind the hospitals’ failure to expand Covid-19 capacity.

"This simply means they don't have the capability, not necessarily capacity. If it's just beds, there are beds. The problem is no one will attend to the patients," said Almora.

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in a press briefing, said the battle continues.

She asked the health sector to not give up.

"We were already able to succeed back in July and August. We can do it again as long as we work together,” she said.

To decongest hospitals, the government has reopened the mega temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMFs) in Metro Manila.

Vergeire said the Rizal Memorial Coliseum with 97 beds and Ninoy Aquino Stadium with 127 beds have reopened while the Quezon Institute with 112 beds is set to reopen.

She said they will also modify the use of the mega TTMFs as they will be also be designated as step down facilities for hospitals.

"We are going to re-strategize the use of these quarantine facilities and use them as step down care facilities, wherein those already recovering will be brought there so we can decongest our hospitals," said Vergeire.

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I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.  I would advise to tread lightly.  I have seen foreigners threatened with deportation locally for speaking against stupid Covid rules.  Politicians don'

My sister in law is an RN here in Seattle. She's been in contact with her healthcare friends in Cebu City and Manila. The Hospitals are not paying the staff enough or at all in some instances. The sta

Great point Jack but it's not unexpected. Bullies will strike out or blame others if things don't go their way. The real question, is the Government actually attempting to buy vaccine?  And impor

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My sister in law is an RN here in Seattle. She's been in contact with her healthcare friends in Cebu City and Manila. The Hospitals are not paying the staff enough or at all in some instances. The staff are required to work 12 hour shifts seven days a week. They are not supplying PPE the staff are expected to get their own or go without. Safely protocols are not being followed so some Doctors and many nurses are simply staying home. Until staff get vaccinated and have proper PPE this crisis will continue.

El President was crying in his last press briefing that the rich countries were withholding vaccine from poor countries and he was spending all his time searching for vaccines. August of last year Philippines had a huge allotment of vaccine allocated to them but refused to follow through getting it. Speculation was the government was expecting a special deal with China to sell them vaccine with a kickback. Now we know why Philippines is complaining about the Spartly Islands after ignoring it for all this time.

The Filipino deserve better than those thieving idiots! I would love to see a People Power overthough those clowns. :571b119686cf7_1(72):

OK rant over. :2245_safe:

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3 hours ago, Old55 said:

crying in his last press briefing that the rich countries were withholding vaccine

Remember not so long ago he said He didnt need big countries?

We don’t need you! Duterte tells envoys of EU countries to leave PH in 24 hours (politics.com.ph)

 

 

We don’t need you! Duterte tells envoys of EU countries to leave P

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President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to cut diplomatic ties with the countries comprising the European Union over what he believes was a threat from the bloc to oust the Philippines from the United Nations.

Duterte lashed out at the EU at the relaunch of the refurbished New Executive Building press briefing room Thursday (October 12), saying the Philippines can survive without assistance from European countries.

“We are past the colonization stage. ‘Wag ninyo akong… Don’t f*** with us. We ASEAN members can export to each other. We can also have tariff free,” he said.

“Do not come to this country again. We do not need you,” he added.

Duterte expressed doubt whether the EU can carry out its supposed threat to expel the Philippines from the UN given its ties to non-traditional allies such as Russia and China.

“Now, the ambassadors of those countries listening now, tell me. Because we can have the diplomatic channel cut tomorrow. You leave my country in 24 hours. All. All of you,” he said.

Duterte’s latest tirade against the EU appears to have been triggered by Human Rights Watch’s warning that the alleged human rights violations occurring in the Philippines might give the UN General Assembly grounds to consider the country’s removal from the UN Human Rights Council.

While the EU has not called for the Philippines’ removal from the UN, a delegation from the Progressive Alliance (PA) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) visited the Philippines recently to call on the government to stop drug-related killings.

In a statement, the PES said “there must be consequences in the Philippines’ inclusion in the special trading instrument of the EU known as GSP+ (generalised scheme of preferences)” if the government fails to uphold human rights standards.

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He has been abusive to MANY kind and friendly nations who would like to help the POOR Filipino people.

What a guy. 

 

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1 minute ago, graham59 said:

He has been abusive to MANY kind and friendly nations who would like to help the POOR Filipino people.

What a guy. 

 

I agree Graham, I would also suggest he's buddies with the wrong group of nations. 

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I am being cautious about what I write on the forums, as I am resident in the Phils...and there are laws about (especially foreigners) being critical of local politicians. :wink: 

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18 minutes ago, graham59 said:

I am being cautious about what I write on the forums,

Very sound advice here, Not to go further than thought I wonder if the Uk is now considered on it's own on this ;

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to cut diplomatic ties with the countries comprising the European Union  Just a Thought :wink:

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Well, let's hope that SOMEBODY in the Phils govt has kept up to date with world affairs, sufficient to know that we are now OUT. :rolleyes:

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Nurses are overworked and underpaid in the Philippines.  Reason why the nursing colleges are graduating students at the rate of nearly 100,000 a year is because there is the opportunity to work overseas for better pay and better working conditions.  Every major hospital in the United States has at least one Pilipino nurse on staff.  Probably it is the same in the United Kingdom.  When the Covid-19 pandemic started, the Philippine government stopped the overseas deployment of nurses based on the theory they are needed at home.  Still overworked and underpaid in the Philippines with a greater risk of contracting the virus and passing it to family members.  

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21 hours ago, Jack Peterson said:

Very sound advice here, Not to go further than thought I wonder if the Uk is now considered on it's own on this ;

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to cut diplomatic ties with the countries comprising the European Union  Just a Thought :wink:

Great point Jack but it's not unexpected. Bullies will strike out or blame others if things don't go their way. The real question, is the Government actually attempting to buy vaccine? :shades:

And importantly why haven't they spoken of how they would distribute it to Filipinos? 

I suspect they will wait until some intentional charity will provide vaccine and pay for the distribution. That way when there are delays or disruptions it's someone else's fault and more importantly a lucrative revenue stream to tap.

I know here I go again but this whole thing is so frustrating and sad. Filipinos deserve much better than this cluster......

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