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St Luke’s, Makati Med declare full capacity of COVID-19 beds

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reached the 'danger zone' – meaning, it's nearing full capacity of its designated beds for COVID-19 patients

FULL CAPACITY. St Luke's Medical Center says its COVID-19 beds are now full. Photo from St Luke's Medical Center Facebook page

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:35 PM

The sharp increase forces authorities to adapt existing hospitals and look for new spaces, like convention centers, to boost a health system with a range of problems including long waiting lists

VIRUS SURGE IN PANAMA. A patient infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex, in Panama City on July 04, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

St Luke’s Medical Center says its hospitals have not reached full capacity

Jul 07, 2020 - 5:38 PM

St Luke's Medical Center says that despite the continued increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, its hospitals remain 'fully equipped in handling any medical concern'

STILL ACCEPTING. St Luke's Medical Center says it is still capable to accept COVID-19 patients. Photo from St Luke's Medical Center Facebook page

No rest for heroes

Jun 21, 2020 - 9:01 AM

Inside Manila’s hospital for the poor

EMERGENCY.. Medical workers must wear level 4 protective at the triage area. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PGH using telepresence devices to connect patients and frontliners

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:07 AM

The telepresence devices are meant to allow for communication among patients, doctors, and a patient's family while limiting potential coronavirus exposure and conserving personal protective equipment

TELEPRESENCE. This telepresence device connects frontliners to patients, as well as patients to their loved ones. Photo from DOST-PCHRD.

Davao City coronavirus lab starts recruiting after resignations

May 30, 2020 - 11:29 PM

Mayor Sara Duterte downplays the resignations

COVID. Davao City Health Office personnel spray disinfectant in government offices and public spaces in Davao City on March 12, 2020, as part of their measures to prevent the infection of COVID-19 in the city. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PhilHealth eyes libel over claim late payments forcing 300 hospitals to close

May 30, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines chief Rustico Jimenez is practically blackmailing PhilHealth into ‘paying out public funds without due diligence,’ says the government-owned corporation

Private hospitals’ group asks Duterte to replace Duque as health chief

May 25, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines says PhilHealth, which is chaired by Francisco Duque III, has given hospitals the runaround when it comes to reimbursements

CALL FOR REPLACEMENT. File photo of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How to help PGH safety officer, sons who were forced to leave home

May 25, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Santiago takes pride in his work on the front lines. He says the coronavirus pandemic has made work more difficult, but he didn’t expect he would experience discrimination.

Hospitals in the Philippines: Where they are – and aren’t

May 23, 2020 - 10:45 AM

There is a big difference between urban centers and remote areas, echoed by a stark contrast in poverty incidence

HOSPITAL DESERTS. In Metro Manila, the average city center is 660 meters away from a hospital, and the top 10 most populated provinces (2015) average 6.36km. For all other municipalities, the nearest hospital is 13km away on average.

Virus trips up U.S. soap opera 'General Hospital', 57 years on

May 21, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Fans will have to wait for a long time to watch new episodes as production of the show has been on hold due to the coronavirus crisis

Afghan hospital attackers 'came to kill mothers' – MSF

May 15, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The assailants who entered the facility through the main gate moved straight to the maternity ward, Doctors Without Borders says

KABUL HOSPITAL ATTACK. Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack outside a hospital in Kabul on May 12, 2020. File photo by AFP

LIST: PH hospitals included in COVID-19 solidarity trial

May 14, 2020 - 9:44 PM

81 patients from the 12 pilot hospitals in the Philippines are part of the World Health Organization's solidarity trial which aims to find a cure for the coronavirus disease

TESTING. Mandaluyong City health workers collect specimen samples after a COVID-19 testing on April 16, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Violence flares in Afghanistan as hospital, funeral attacked

May 12, 2020 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Gunmen storm a hospital in Kabul, as a funeral in Afghanistan's restive east is hit by a suicide bomber

ATTACKED. Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack outside a hospital in Kabul on May 12, 2020. Photo by AFP.

5 die in fire at Russian coronavirus hospital

May 12, 2020 - 4:03 PM

A source in Russia's emergencies ministry says 5 patients had died and 150 had been evacuated after a fire broke out in the early morning on the sixth floor of Saint George hospital

HOSPITAL FIRE. Firefighters work at the site of a fire at the Saint George hospital in Saint Petersburg on May 12, 2020. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Chinese biotech firm opens coronavirus testing lab in Pampanga

May 10, 2020 - 1:42 PM

The new facility at the Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is designed to test 3,000 coronavirus specimens daily

NEW TESTING FACILITY. Chinese Embassy's Tan QingSheng, Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, and Asia Development Bank vice president Ahmed Saeed attend the opening of the new coronavirus testing laboratory in San Fernando, Pampanga on May 9, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy's Facebook page

UST hospital apologizes over statement on delayed PhilHealth reimbursement

May 06, 2020 - 12:50 PM

UST Hospital director Dr Marcellus Francis Ramirez says the statement was 'an explanation to emphasize the financial challenges the institution is undergoing in order to air the side of the hospital on the issue'

Photo from UST Hospital Facebook page

Bicol hospital cuts down admission of patients as staff get coronavirus

May 05, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City, Albay is transferring patients to other government and private hospitals

The region's biggest government tertiary hospital, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital limits patients admission for non-COVID-19 and emergency cases after more than 100 medical health workers subjected to quarantine. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

UST Hospital retrenches due to pandemic losses, delayed PhilHealth reimbursement

May 04, 2020 - 1:21 PM

PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales, however, says the state insurer doesn't have unsettled reimbursements to UST hospital

Photo from UST Hospital Facebook page

Cavite town opens hospital with COVID-19 ward

May 02, 2020 - 8:10 AM

The 2-story Noveleta Public Hospital can accommodate 20 coronavirus patients

PREPARATION. The New Noveleta Public Hospital (inspected by Mayor Dino Chua, left), which opens on May 2, 2020, can accommodate 20 coronavirus patients. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Among first Filipino nurses in his UAE hospital, Marlon Jimenea dies of COVID-19

May 01, 2020 - 12:00 AM

His wife, healthcare assistant Merry Janet, says Marlon didn’t show signs of breaking down, so they both took his condition lightly. He died in the ICU, where he worked.

FAMILY. Marlon Jimenea with wife, Merry Janet and daughter, Marianne Jane.

Rappler Talk: Dr Jonas del Rosario on PGH’s mission to defeat the coronavirus

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Rappler talks to Dr Jonas del Rosario, PGH spokesperson, to discuss how they have been battling the COVID-19 pandemic

LOOK: Hospital at forefront of coronavirus fight celebrates 10th anniversary

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:56 AM

With patients arriving in droves due to the pandemic, the medical staff are left with no choice but to stay put and celebrate among themselves in a simple but meaningful way

SUIT UP, RANGERS. Medical staff share a light moment to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the medical facility. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Tangled kites causing power outages in hospitals, says Meralco

Apr 27, 2020 - 7:05 PM

In the first month of the Luzon lockdown, Meralco records 47 'unnecessary power interruptions' caused by foreign objects, with 13 hospitals among the affected customers

Medical frontliners, 8-day-old baby among new coronavirus cases in Baguio City

Apr 25, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The 8 new coronavirus patients also include 2 overseas Filipino workers who came from the US

BAGUIO HOSPITAL. The facade of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. Photo by Raani Paranas/CC BY-SA 4.0

Metro Manila ICU capacity nears 'maximum' limit

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says more rooms are being set up to prepare for a possible surge in patients brought by wider testing

CRITICAL CARE. Stricter security is enforced at the Infectious Disease and Critical Care Unit of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

QC hospital charges Winston Ragos' family P31,000

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The bill includes Commonwealth Hospital Medical Center's use of N95 masks, cadaver bags, and use of an ambulance, among others

PENDING BALANCE. The hospital bill's last page for attempting but failing to save the life of Winston Ragos. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

How poor is PH health system? Many hospitals not qualified to test for coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The national government didn’t immediately see the need to accredit qualified laboratories to test COVID-19 samples right after the first case was reported. There was failure to think ahead.

SAMPLE. A health worker conducts a swab test on a suspected COVID-19 patient in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Duterte offers P10 million to any Filipino who develops vaccine vs coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The President is also giving a 'substantial grant' to the Philippine General Hospital for the development of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reviews a document before addressing the nation on the government's efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 16, 2020. Malacanang photo

Saan maaaring kumonsulta ang non-COVID patients ng PGH?

Apr 13, 2020 - 8:57 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Maaring dumulog ang mga pasyente ng PGH sa Diabetes, Thyroid, and General Endocrine Clinics sa kanilang hotline na 09310443763

How much PPE do you need to care for COVID-19 patients?

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The Philippine General Hospital, a designated COVID-19 referral center, shares its strategies to conserve Protective Personal Equipment

Coronavirus survivors donate blood to help COVID-19 patients

Apr 10, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The Philippine General Hospital urges other coronavirus survivors to donate blood to help critically ill COVID-19 patients

MODERN DAY HEROES. COVID-19 survivors donate blood on Thursday, April 9 for an experimental treatment done by the Philippine General Hospital to help severely ill patients affected by coronavirus. Photos from Dr. Thaddeus Hinunangan

Isko Moreno, other Manila officials donating salaries to PGH

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:46 AM

The mayor, vice mayor, and the entire city council are giving up their pay in April, totaling P4.7 million

MANILA'S EXECUTIVES. Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno at City Hall. Photo from Moreno's Facebook page

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of April 4, 2020

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:11 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of April 4, 2020

Market-goers pass through a disinfection tent at a public market entrance in Taytay, Rizal on March 29, 2020, in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease. Every shopper is required to pass the tent, to be sprayed with organic disinfectant for misting process before entering the market. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of April 2, 2020

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of April 2, 2020

The San Juan local government continues its daily disinfection in communities on March 19, 2020, as the city registers a significant number of residents infected by the COVID-19. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ilocos Norte hospital closed to outpatients amid coronavirus risk

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Four doctors and 8 hospital staff are undergoing self-quarantine

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of April 1, 2020

Apr 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of April 1, 2020

MPD Station 4 officers remind residents of Sampaloc, Manila to stay and refrain from going out of their homes on March 19, 2020. while social distancing and disinfection is required to those entering the station. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: San Juan City opens new coronavirus ward

Apr 01, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Mayor Francis Zamora says it is the city's contribution to reducing the burden of secondary and tertiary hospitals fighting the novel coronavirus disease

COVID-19 WARD. Mayor Francis Zamora shows photos of San Juan City's new coronavirus ward on his Facebook page

'He will always be our hero': Son pays tribute to doctor who died of coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:58 PM

'He always embodied a kind of fiery passion for his profession but he always spoke of what the country needed with such passion,' says the son of Dr Leandro Resurreccion III of the pediatric transplant surgeon at the Philippine General Hospital

Photos from Leandro Castillo Resurreccion IV

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of March 31, 2020

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 31, 2020

The BJMP implements a "no mask no entry" policy for visitors of inmates at the Manila City Jail on March 10, 2020, as part of their initiative to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of March 30, 2020

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 30, 2020

The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Laguna doctors, medical staff send off recovered coronavirus patient with an applause

Mar 30, 2020 - 1:55 PM

In response, the patient gives the medical staff of Unihealth Southwoods Hospital in Biñan City, Laguna a small wave of her hands

Selfless until the end: Dr Rosalinda Pulido's calling to help others

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The 46-year-old doctor didn't hesitate to join frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus

Photos from Ana Evangelista, Donabel Palmes-Virtucio, and Rose Pulido

District hospital in Batangas shuts down, 100 frontliners quarantined

Mar 29, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The frontliners of San Jose District Hospital in Batangas are quarantined after exposure to a patient later found to have the coronavirus

After bleach thrown at personnel's face, Sultan Kudarat hospital condemns discrimination

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:59 PM

The St. Louis Hospital utility worker was passing by the public market when he was attacked by 5 individuals

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of March 26, 2020

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 26, 2020

Residents of Barangay Sikatuna in Quezon City line up on March 24, 2020, to shop at a grocery as security personnel checik their barangay issued quarantine passes. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Makati Medical Center reaches full capacity for coronavirus cases

Mar 26, 2020 - 1:29 PM

Close to 70 patients, including those who have tested positive for the virus and those waiting for results, are currently confined at the hospital

MAKATI MEDICAL CENTER. The hospital reaches full capacity for coronavirus cases. Screenshot from

Beyond ultimate sacrifice, Dr Greg Macasaet remembered for his selflessness

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:43 AM

The 62-year-old anesthesiologist risked his life to save patients afflicted with the coronavirus disease, even when he was vulnerable to it due to his age

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of March 25, 2020

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of March 25, 2020

A member of the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on March 24, 2020, fixes the isolation tent at the transformed covered court of the Quezon Memorial Circle into a field hospital for patients under investigation/monitoring for COVID-19. The facility will be manned by doctors and healthcare workers from the Quezon City Health Department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Baguio General Hospital to use AI technology for coronavirus detection

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:34 AM

The Artificial Intelligence Scan Analyzer’s results are 'not conclusive and confirmatory but will give the city a heads-up on whether or not a patient is a probable COVID-19 case,' Mayor Benjamin Magalong says

From Public Information Office - City of Baguio Facebook page