68 victims of lambanog poisoning admitted at PGH; one in critical condition

Maris Federez   •   December 23, 2019   •   528

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine General Hospital on Monday (Dec. 23) confirmed that the 68 patients rushed from Rizal, Laguna on Sunday were victims of methanol poisoning.

PGH spokesperson Dr. Jonas del Rosario made the confirmation, saying that such was caused by drinking coconut wine or lambanog.

“It’s methanol poisoning, ganyan po ang signs and symptoms ng methanol toxicity at na-confirm na po at nakausap na po namin si Mayor Munoz,” del Rosario said.

The hospital administration said 165 patients were initially brought to them with some eventually transferred to East Avenue Medical Center and the Rizal Medical Center.

Del Rosario said nine victims are being closely monitored, as one of them is now in critical condition.

“Yun pong mga pasyente natin na nasa ER (Emergency Room) lalo na po yung mga unstable yung nasa red, isa po ay nasa ICU (Intensive Care Unit), siya po ay dina-dialysis para matanggal po yung acid sa kaniyang dugo yun naman pong 6 po, naiakyat na sa ward siyempre minomonitor pa at 2 na lang po ang nasa emergency room,” he said.

Del Rosario added that 42 patients were also found to be showing symptoms of methanol poisoning such as headache, dizziness, and stomach pains; while 17 are still under observation.

The hospital administration said some of the patients may already be discharged within the week. – (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

PH garment exporters group donates PPEs to PGH amid COVID-19 crisis

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A group of local garment exporters has turned over 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) coveralls to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) for its health workers dealing with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The locally-manufactured PPEs were donated to the PGH on Wednesday by the Confederation of Wearables Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP).

This is the first batch of 300,000 PPE suits to be donated to the Department of Health for the use of its COVID-19 frontline workers.

CONWEP expressed confidence it will be able to help supply the much-needed medical-grade PPEs for the health workers in the country.

“At a single shift, 6 days a week, we should put that up to 7 days and double shift, we’re looking at one group producing already a 20,000 to 25,000 a day. And if you have about 4 of them, we can easily match, if we have four in the group producing equally the same, kaya namin y’ong 100,000 a day,” Maritess Jocson Agoncillo, CONWEP executive director, said.

The Department of Health (DOH) expressed gratitude for the donated PPEs.

Authorities earlier said more than 100,000 PPEs are needed daily for the use of medical frontliners. Based on its 90-day requirement, the country will need around 11 million protective gears to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

So far, the government has been able to get around one million PPEs, as it continues with the procurement process with the help of the private sector.

With the limited supply of PPEs in the country, PGH director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi called on other hospitals and healthcare workers to employ a system in using and conserving of the protective gear amid the fight against COVID-19.

“I think, the participation of the end-users, the hospital, the health care workers is also very important in ensuring that we optimize this very precious commodity,” he said.

The DOH, meanwhile, reminded healthcare workers of the protocols on the use and disposal of PPEs to prevent contamination.

“Paglabas, tatanggalin nila y’ong PPEs nila pero y’ong scrub suits underneath, hindi nila tinatanggal. So, lalabas sila. So, pagkaganoon ang nangyari, talagang sabi nila you will expect a contamination to happen,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

7 COVID-19 survivors donate blood to help other patients – PGH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Seven individuals who recovered from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have successfully donated their blood plasma to help other patients fight the disease, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) said on Monday.

Dr. Jonas Del Rosario, PGH spokesperson, said the seven individuals are among the 21 COVID-19 survivors being eyed for the procedure after they were found to be eligible blood donors.

At least 65 COVID-19 recoveries have expressed interest in undergoing screening to donate their blood, he added.

The PGH has been using convalescent plasma therapy – a process of transferring blood of recovered patients to those who are still fighting coronavirus – to help treat patients.

A vaccine for COVID-19 has yet to be developed.

Del Rosario said that so far, two COVID-19 severe cases have received donated blood plasma.

He said the transfusion process was conducted smoothly and that no adverse reactions were reported among the recipients.

He, however, did not say if the treatment has helped the patients recover from the illness as they need to wait for 24 to 72 hours to see any clinical improvement.

Blood plasma from a donor can only be given to one patient.

The PGH reiterated its call for other COVID-19 survivors to give their plasma to help treat severe cases.

As of April 13, the Philippines has 4,932 confirmed infections, with 315 deaths and 242 recoveries. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

3 COVID-19 survivors donate blood to PGH to help other virus-infected patients

Robie de Guzman   •   April 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Three of the 124 individuals who recovered from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have donated their blood to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in the hopes of helping other patients infected with the dreaded illness.

In a Facebook post, PGH spokesperson Dr. Jonas Del Rosario said three COVID-19 survivors have come forward to respond to their call for blood donation.

“On April 9, 2020 (Araw ng Kagitingan), the first 3 brave and healthy Covid 19 Filipino survivors generously donated their blood for the Convalescent Plasma Therapy vs Covid 19 to the Philippine General Hospital,” Del Rosario’s post read.

“They rose above the stigma and showed the world that their plasma is a gift of life…. We need more donors!” he added.

The PGH recently posted an announcement, calling on COVID-19 recoveries to help others battling the disease by donating their blood for the convalescent plasma therapy.

The PGH said those interested may contact Dr. Sandy Maganito at 0917 805 3207.

They may also visit this link for more details.

As of April 9, the Philippines has recorded 4,076 cases with 203 fatalities and 124 total recoveries.

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