Isko: COVID transmission now from doctor to doctor

Isko Moreno & Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna discuss plans on dealing with COVID-19 at Ospital ng Maynila over a cup of coffee. Photo byJERRY S. TAN

THE transmission of COVID-19 in at least one hospital in Manila is no longer from patient to patient, but has become from doctor to doctor.

This, according to Mayor Isko Moreno, is what happened at the Ospital ng Maynila (OM), the city’s flagship hospital, as he bared that at least 11 medical frontliners, mostly doctors and nurses, have been admitted for COVID-19, four other confirmed cases are on home quarantine while 32 are ‘suspects’ who are on home quarantine but symptomatic. The confirmed cases, based on tracing done, have had close contact with 58 others.

Owing to this unfortunate development and in an effort to prevent contagion among doctors and nurses, Moreno ordered the OM closed beginning yesterday until August 9, to give the hospital’s doctors, nurses and other medical personnel a ‘breather,’ noting that while transmission used to be from patient to doctor, it has now become doctor to doctor.

The ten-day closure of the said hospital will also be used to sanitize the entire facility and give the medical frontliners there a breathing space.

“So para maka-focus na mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng frontliners sa medical sector, there is a need to stop continuing the contagion among themselves… I want  them to be healthy emotionally, physically and psychologically… to give a breathing space to our doctors,” said Moreno.

Moreno assured though, that emergency cases involving ‘life and death’ situation like deliveries and accident victims will still be accepted and attended to, along with hemodialysis, radiology, laboratory and telemedicines as well as serology and swab tests and new COVID cases.

All other services, Moreno said, will be temporarily suspended as he urged the residents not to bring their patients to OM until after August 9.  He said though, that the five remaining city-run hospitals are still open and ready to accept those usually catered to by OM.

Patients who are already under admission inside the said hospital will continue to stay and receive treatment along with COVID patients who are being taken cared of there.

Moreno said what happened to OM is inevitable, as it happens to all other hospitals whether private or public, with some even having mortality.

He attributed the development to the very aggressive manner with which the city government is receiving all COVID patients on a day-to-day basis.

“Hindi kami nagtataboy…we will continue despite the challenges pero pag sa tingin namin ay mari-reach na ang maximum tolerance namin sa infection sa aming medical sector, pag di namin bingyang halaga ang aming mga frontliners, who will take care of the incoming and future COVID  patients?” Moreno said.

He also assured COVID patients that there are still a few who may be accommodated at OM, in addition to the remaining five hospitals and 12 quarantine facilities.