Duque assures enough water supply in hospitals amid shortage
Aileen Cerrudo • March 14, 2019 • 1502
Amid the water shortage, Department of Health (DOH) secretary Francisco Duque III assured that hospitals will still have enough water supply.
“The uninterruptible operations of our hospitals are our priority. We cannot compromise the health of our patients. Our hospitals depend on the water supply for the hygiene and sanitation of our patients,” Duque said during his rounds at the Rizal Medical Center on Wednesday morning.
According to Duque, the Manila Water has vowed to prioritize hospitals and schools.
“Starting towards the end of the week, we’ll be implementing a new scheme so that the attainment of that objective for this big hospital to have a water to refill their system will be on a daily basis already,” Manila Water group director Linda Quines said.
Due to the assurance of enough water supply, the head of Rizal Medical Center (RMC) said they will no longer their limit admission of patients.
“In fact this morning I already lifted the limiting because we are experiencing a lot of patients. Our bed capacity is only 300 and yet our admitted reached up to 400…we had to use our hallway facilities,” RMC Medical Center Chief Dr. Relito Saquilayan said.
They are also rationing water in wards.
Patients in the OB wards are also required to bring water to clean their babies.
“Mineral ang pinapanlinis kapag walang supply. Napakahirap po lalo na pag maglilinis ng baby,” Rachel Carabje, one of the mothers in the hospital, said.
Meanwhile, Sec. Duque will visit the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) to check the state of the patients there and if the facility have enough water supply.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
Despite the rising water level in Angat Dam, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has expressed concern about the possibility of another water crisis next year.
The NWRB said that if Angat Dam fails to reach its normal operating level, Metro Manila might experience another shortage come dry season.
Because of this, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, during the House Committee on Metro Manila Development hearing on Wednesday (August 28), recommended the use of Laguna Lake as a permanent source of domestic water.
This aims to address the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces in case the water level in Angat Dam recedes anew.
“Kasi iilan lang yung nakikinabang doon eh. Pinagkakakitaan yung Laguna Lake hindi para sa paggamit ng ordinaryong mamayan kung hindi sa paggamit ng mga interes ng kumpanya,” Biazon said.
The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) agreed that this can be done, although they admit that they do not have the funding to conduct dredging in the lake.
They also cited the expense that will be incurred in treating and eliminating the saltwater from Manila Bay that gets combined to the water in the lake.
Add to this is the fast-increasing formation of algae which affects the quality of the water.
“Ang Laguna Lake kaya niyang i-supply ang requirement for domestic water supply as source of domestic water. Ang problema lang is more on the water quality,” said Engr. Emiterio Hernandez of the LLDA.
To date, Maynilad and Manila Water get a small percentage of water supply from Laguna Lake for their customers in Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan.
Meanwhile, water levels in several dams are continuously increasing due to the rains being experienced in the country.
As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the water level in Angat Dam has reached 181.74 meters.
Ipo Dam water level, on the other hand, has gone up to 11.82 meters; while that of La Mesa Dam went up to 77.18. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf
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