To prevent further hospital congestion, Metro Manila local government units (LGUs) will start implementing a triage system for COVID-19 patients this week, Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday.
“This is a layer we are trying to include in the structure. Puputulin natin ang structure na from the home or the LGU, straight to the hospital,” she said.
Under this strategy, local health workers will assess whether those with COVID-19 symptoms have to be taken to a hospital or to a quarantine facility.
“This will make our processes more organized,” she added.
She noted that most of those admitted in hospitals are mild and asymptomatic.
“Tayo ay nakakuha na ng census sa mga hospital, how many are asymptomatic and mild who are currently admitted in our hospitals, and we will start to extract them from the hospitals and bring them sa mga naitala natin na beds from local governments,” she said.
Vergeire said the DOH will be holding meetings with officials in Central Luzon and Calabarzon for the setting up of the same system in their LGUs. The system will eventually be implemented nationwide.