By Analou De Vera
The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has encouraged the public to seek medical services from other health institutions as its emergency room (ER) and intensive care unit (ICU) have been undergoing renovation.
PGH Officer-in-Charge and spokesperson Jubert Benedicto said that the renovation of the hospital’s facilities started June last year and is expected to be completed by February next year.
“Ang Philippine General Hospital ay kasalukuyang nagsasagawa ng renovation sa emergency room at intensive care unit upang higit na mapabuti ang serbisyo,” he said.
[The Philippine General Hospital is currently undergoing renovation of its emergency room and intensive care unit in order to provide better service (for patients)]
“Dahil sa isinasagawang pagsasaayos, nabawasan ang bilang ng mga pasyente na kayang matingnan at magamot sa ER at ICU. […] Humihingi po ng pang-unawa at paumanhin ang pamunuan ng PGH sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon,” he added.
[Due to the renovation, the number of patients that the ER and ICU can examine and treat has been reduced. The PGH management is asking for your understanding and patience on the current situation.]
Benedicto, meanwhile, noted that the PGH is not rejecting patients.
“Hindi naman po namin sila tinataboy. Binibigyan pa rin naman po namin sila ng akmang serbisyo pero definitely considering the space allocation at manpower complement […] hindi po namin talaga maasure na yung gusto nilang promptness sa delivery ng service ay maibibigay natin sa lahat ng sabay-sabay,” he said.
[We are not rejecting them. We are still giving the proper (medical) services but definitely considering the space allocation and manpower complement.. we cannot assure that the promptness on the delivery of service will be given all at once.]
Benedicto urged those patients with non-critical condition to visit other tertiary hospitals or local government hospitals.
“Considering the situation po na ito, ay ma utilize din po nila yung ibang hospital lalo na po sa mga local government units kasi capable din po yung ibang tertiary hospitals,” he said.
[Considering the situation, they may also utilize other hospitals particularly local government units (hospitals); other tertiary hospitals are also capable.]