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PGH calls for more doctors : ‘We really need soldiers’

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Last September 13, Spokesperson for the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Dr. Jonas Del Rosario lamented in an interview with OneNews how their call for doctors to apply went unanswered.


He said that they were ready to hire, but that as of last week, there have been no new takers, despite the rising number of patients.


Operating at full capacity, the PGH is currently swamped with 310 confined patients with 600 more waiting for admission in the emergency room and at least 100 waiting in different hospital wings. And only 320 beds alloted for Covid19 patients.


“We are in a war. We really need soldiers.” Del Rosario said as he pleaded for more medical practitioners to answer the call and help, stating that despite the low income, they should consider it charity work.


Del Rosario revealed that wenty of the 25 volunteer doctors have not renewed their contracts, with 150 nurses also having quit last year. Remaining personnel have had to resort to task-sharing in an effort to lighten their workload.


In a separate interview on ANC Headstart, the spokesperson remarked that their manpower was already being stretched thin, saying that given how healthcare workers have been working for a year and new patients still keep coming, the hospital has been operating in full capacity.


Amidst these issues, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) only passed P20.1 billion out of the proposed P36.5 billion for the University of the Philippines (UP) 2022 budget, which included funds for PGH.


Meanwhile, the DBM passed a 75% increase for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), which received a budget of P16.1 billion this year.

Photo: GMA Network


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