Most of Cagayan De Oro's hospitals full, says city health officer

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Health facilities in Cagayan De Oro are seeing an influx of COVID-19 patients, with some forced to wait in line for vacancy, the city's health officer told CNN Philippines on Friday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 11) — Health facilities in Cagayan De Oro are seeing an influx of COVID-19 patients, with some forced to wait in line for vacancy, the city's health officer told CNN Philippines on Friday.

"Even 'yung city-owned JR Borja General Hospital ay tumatanggap na rin po ng COVID cases at puno na rin po 'yung most of the tent na nilalagay namin doon [Even the city-owned JR Borja General Hospital is now accepting COVID-19 patients and most of the tents we placed there are already full]," said City health officer Lorraine Jungco-Nery. "Most of the hospitals, the private hospitals, actually are still full of patients."

Among those hit is the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, a COVID-19 referral hospital for the entire region. The NMMC released a statement on Thursday alerting the public that its operating capacity had reached maximum level, meaning its emergency rooms and wards for COVID-19 patients were operating "beyond limits."

Three weeks ago, the facility declared code red status, meaning it increased operating capacity dedicated solely in treating COVID-19 patients from 40% to 50%. Of this capacity, 65% is currently filled.

Jungco-Nery also said some hospitals have patients waiting in line to be admitted.

"If you want to be admitted, maghihintay kayo ng maba-vacate sa isang [you will have to wait for a vacancy in a] hospital," she said. "As per record po, nasa 74.56% 'yung healthcare utilization ngayon [our healthcare utilization rate is at 74.56%]."

The health officer reminded that teleconsultations are available and for those who have no access to the internet, they can approach barangay health centers to avoid crowding hospitals.

As for vaccination, Jungco-Nery said the city is focusing on the A1 to A3 sectors: healthcare workers, senior citizens, and those with comorbidities. She reported that more than 90% of healthcare workers have already received their doses.