Military hospitals should battle COVID-19, says lawmaker


Posted at Apr 03 2020 01:51 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2020 02:35 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center beter known as V. Luna General Hospital in Quezon City. Photo taken on April 3, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN news

MANILA - Military hospitals should take in patients with COVID-19, a lawmaker said Thursday as increasing cases of the respiratory disease bogged down several private hospitals. 

Hospitals under the defense department and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have a combined bed capacity of about 3,000, said Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman. 

The 2020 national budget "fully funded" these facilities, with the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and the V. Luna Medical Center, both in Quezon City, having about P1.8 billion each, he said. 

The Veterans hospital has 5 COVID-19 patients, the V. Luna has one, while the other hospitals "have no record of confinement yet," he said in a statement. 
The top 5 hospitals with the biggest admission of confirmed cases are St. Luke’s Global with 91; St. Luke’s Quezon City, 81; Makati Medical Center, 72; Lung Center, 62; and The Medical City-Ortigas, 56, he said. 

The Philippine General Hospital, which was tapped as a referral city to lessen the COVID-19 load of private facilities, earlier said it might tap military doctors if its manpower runs short.