3 private hospitals in Davao City eyed for COVID-19 patients


The Davao City government is eyeing three private medical facilities to receive patients who are positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) if there is a surge of cases in the city.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the three medical facilities would be on “stand by” if the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) would no longer be enough to accommodate the COVID-19 patients.

However, she refused to name yet the private medical facilities.

“Gihimo na nato silang reserved COVID-19 private hospitals. Meaning giingnan na nato sila na selected na sila to be a COVID-19 hospital in the event nga magkulang ang facility sa SPMC, they will be asked to open as a COVID-19 private hospital (We have made them as reserved COVID-19 private hospitals. Meaning, we have selected them to be COVID-19 hospitals in the event the SPMC facilities will not be enough),” she said.

Duterte-Carpio earlier asked private medical facilities not to receive patients with COVID-19 to avoid contamination of their facilities and health workers.

All coronavirus patients have been referred to SPMC.

“Gamiton ba nato sila? We do not know. Kinahanglan ba nato sila at this point? Dili pa. Ginaingnan ta pirme sa mga doctors nga (Should we use them? I do not know. Do we need them at this point? Not yet. We have been advised by doctors that) we prepare for a worst case scenario so that is why we need to do this,” she said.

For COVID-19 patients who would be admitted to private hospitals, the mayor said the national government’s mandate would be followed with respect to medical expenses.

“Unahon ang PhilHealth because dunay mandate ang PhilHealth nga sila first ang mobayad up to the level sa kaya sa Philhealth (PhilHealth has this mandate that they pay first up to the level that they can cover). Then after that, it will be discussed between the private hospital and the government,” she said.

A surge of cases is expected after the city government intensified case finding and random testing.

As of Monday, April 27, there were 108 COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths and 57 recovered patients in Davao City