THE chief executive of the nation’s capital Mayor Isko Moreno called on the public not to believe the barrage of fake news on social media saying those from Visayas and Mindanao are not welcome in Manila, stressing that all the health services in the city are in fact open not only to residents but also non-residents that include those from the provinces.
The mayor said, those from as far as Mindanao and Visayas regions have already been serviced at the Manila COVID field hospital headed by Director Dr. Arlene Dominguez and have also benflefitted from the free swab tests and even freeTocilizumab and Remdesivir being given by the local government.
The recipients of such rare and expensive life-saving drugs for severe and critical COVID patients is now at 622. They come from as far as Bacolod, Negros, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao del Sur, Cotabato and Lanao del Sur.
Moreno said that even the city-owned hospitals are now taking care of patients who hail from said regions as it had been the policy of the Manila city government to open its doors to non-Manilans.
Moreno said that Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is in charge of the city’s health cluster, had reported that at least three hospitals have reached the critical level, namely the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) in District 3, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) in District 1 and Ospital ng Sampaloc in District 4.
Lacuna told the mayor that based on a report from GABMMC Director Dr. Ted Martin and JJASGH Director Dr. Merle Sacdalan, the number of patients admitted in the said hospitals are now much bigger than the hospital’s bed capacity. ANDI GARCIA