MANILA, Philippines – St. Luke Medical Center (SLMC) is facing manpower issues following the resignation of a number of health workers, a facility official said on Thursday.
âThe workforce is the problem now. I’m going to give you an example. From an original of 66 nurses in the emergency room [Bonifacio] Global [City]we’re down to 43, âsaid Benjamin Campomanes Jr., executive vice president and medical director of SLMC, in an interview on ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo.
âTalagang nagbawas ng tao (The workforce has been reduced). The reason is the resignations. Maraming pumunta na sa ibang bansa (Many of them are now abroad), âhe added.
Aside from the resignations, Campomanes said some of the nurses are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 patients.
On Wednesday, SLMC said the hospital’s COVID-19 departments and intensive care units were operating at full capacity. He added that there were also critically ill patients awaiting urgent admission to the emergency department.
Posted by St. Luke’s Medical Center on Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Campomanes said full capacity status was for both the Taguig and Quezon City branches of the hospital.
“Given the current situation, we are asking those showing symptoms of COVID-19 to seek immediate care from other health facilities for now,” SLMC added.
Subscribe to our daily newsletter
For more information on the novel coronavirus, click here.
What you need to know about the Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.
The Inquirer Foundation supports our first healthcare and always accepts cash donations to be deposited into Banco de Oro (BDO) checking account # 007960018860 or to donate through PayMaya using this connect .
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to access The Philippine Daily Inquirer and over 70 titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download from 4 a.m. and share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.
For comments, complaints or inquiries, contact us.