More COVID-19 beds needed in Visayas and Mindanao

More hospital beds for COVID patients are still needed in the Visayas and Mindanao, where cases continue to rise, an official of the Department of Health said.

Health Undersecretary Abdullah Dumama said cases are still on the rise in three regions in the Visayas and five in Mindanao.

Dumama said there are more than 39,000 hospital beds for COVID patients in Visayas and Mindanao.Public hospitals allocated 41 percent of their beds for COVID cases while private hospitals designated 34 percent.

He warned, “These are still not enough, especially for Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Davao region, Northern Mindanao and Soccsksargen.”

Dumama cited the need to ramp up the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

Occupancy rates for intensive care unit beds was 57 percent, 47 percent for isolation and ward beds. Usage of mechanical ventilators was 36 percent.


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