Mayor Isko Moreno had ordered the temporary closure of the Ospital ng Sampaloc (OS), which serves the sick residents of the fourth district of Manila, after five of its staff were found to be infected with COVID 19.
In his public address, Moreno also broke the sad news that as a result, 14 doctors, eight nurses and seven administrative staff of the said hospital are now under quarantine.
The decision for the said hospital’s temporary shutdown was made on the recommendation of the Manila Health Department headed by Dr. Arnold Pangan, the city government’s health cluster headed by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna who is also a doctor and the city’s medical specialists.
‘Pansamantala nating isinasara ang Ospital ng Sampaloc upang bigyan ng panahong gumaling ang mga doktor at workers…para pansamantalang mai-quarantine at gagamitin naman natin ang mga malulusog na doktor at nurse at ibibigay sa lima pang ospital, partikular na sa Sta. Ana Hospital,’Moreno said.
Moreno assured though, that the city government’s free hospital services will continue, saying the city is fortunate to have a total of six city hospitals to serve the six districts of Manila, namely Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (District 1), Ospital ng Tondo (District 2), Justice Abad Santos General Hospital (District 3), Ospital ng Maynila (District 5) and Sta. Hospital (District 6) which now houses the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center (MIDCC) where COVID 19 patients from Manila are treated and which is headed by Dr. Grace Padilla.
‘Malungkot, mahirap, pero kailangan nating kaharapin dahil ito ang mas makabubuti para sa lahat. Mabuti sa frontliners ang sila ay pangalagaan at kapag malakas na ulit, muli silang maglilingkod sa inyo.. Huwag kayong mabahala at patuloy kayong gagamutin. Sana mai-share ninyo ang impormasyon sa mga taga-Sampaloc.
In the case of fourth district residents needing medical services, Moreno said they can go to the other five hospitals, even as those currently confined there for various other illnesses will be temporarily transferred to the five other city hospitals. Those showing symptoms of COVID 19 meanwhile, will be sent directly to the MIDCC.
‘Hindi na muna tatanggap ng pasyente ang Ospital ng Sampaloc habang patuloy na babantayan ang mga nagkasakit dito, nahawa at nagkaka-hawa hawa na, to give them time to recover at muling magamit ng lungsod,’ he said.
To date, Manila has 156 cases of COVID 19, with Sampaloc consistently registering as the area with the most number of confirmed cases at 41 and102 persons under monitoring.