The Philippines is in the throes of a major health crisis as the number of coronavirus is increasing and COVID-19 patients are roaming for hospital beds.
Michael Martin, Host
Here in the United States, some parts of the country have more COVID vaccines than people lined up to get them. But elsewhere in the world, the opposite is true – there are not enough vaccines in the midst of new cases. We have already heard about the terrible situation in India. Now we turn to the Philippines, where in the capital, Manila, there are so many hospitals and so many strong locks. NPR Julie McCarthy reports that a family is desperate to find a hospital bed for their grandfather, who was injured by COVID.
Julie Counselor, Line: Eighty-year-old Nardo Samson, a retired police officer, was lying dead on the back of an ambulance. It was Passover. His son, Jan Daniel Belmont, said his family’s health had deteriorated after all eight members of his family went to the open air quarantine center for cholera. The family struggled during the winter storm in Manila, but their grandparents could not breathe.
Jan Daniel Belmonte and, of course, were just lying there trying to cope with the worst of the problems they were facing.
MCCARTHY: As the oxygen level decreases, Grandma’s air conditioning is upgraded to an air conditioner.
Belmonte: And this vehicle only had an oxygen tank to support breathing, but it was getting worse.
Counselor: On Good Friday, the family wanted to move their grandmother to the hospital where Belmonte’s wife was working. It was full. Belmonte Vacancy Strengthens Social Media Relatives have called at least 100 hospitals. You only get backup details.
Belmonte, on the other hand, had about 50 people waiting in line.
MCCARTHY: One hospital had 250 online, but the family remembered the hospitals in fear of finding a bed.
Belmonte: I don’t think I’ve ever felt so helpless.
Counselor: Finally, on Easter Sunday. A small private hospital accepted his grandfather, but it took him two hours to get an ambulance.
Belmonte: When he got to the hospital, he immediately went into a coma. And then it was passed.
Mechanic: So your family got a hospital. And he got to the hospital, and he basically went.
Belmonte: It’s too late, yes.
McCormack: Belmonte’s grandfather did not get the vaccine. Only about 1% of Filipinos are vaccinated. Philippine Foreign Minister Teddy Lossin Jr. told the NPR that his government had not yet successfully secured the vaccine because it “dropped the ball.” Lossin told Foreign Minister Anthony Blake …
Teddy Lossin J. I think we should stop saying that basketball is our national pastime. We do not think very well in this regard. And he laughed. I said, that’s true.
Makakati: Developed countries have vaccinated far more than their populations. Critics say such storage is unacceptable in most parts of the world. But the top diplomat in the Philippines is more forgiving.
Locke: Please don’t blame yourself for ordering too much. When someone brings you to a meeting in this government, Jesus, I said, you, the superpowers, do it because they want to protect their people. Countries like us have visited and hijacked, well, we’re here now.
MCCARTHY: But Lucin says, thankfully, there are so many vaccines in developed countries right now, and he expects them to be shared.
Lossin: Now that we have the safety of their people, they have everything they need to call their defense. Let’s pay for it. How do we save money?
MCCARTHY: According to Lossin, vaccines for modernius, pneumonia and Russian Gamalian are in order but not until June or July. The Philippines reported 57,000 new infections last week. In the emergency department of major Manila hospitals, almost every bed is reserved, the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine, a community of doctors. President Pauline Convokar said 300 people were waiting in tents at 13 clinics in Manila.
Pauline Concock: There are still patients waiting in line in our emergency rooms. People line up in tents. And unfortunately, people die in the tents while waiting for the hospital bed.
Jan Daniel Belmonte’s grandmother Estelita found a bed a few days after her husband died. But the ICU She may lose her home at a cost. To support his $ 20,000 account, his grandson, Jan Daniel, raised $ 4,000 online. Despite all of this, Belmonte, 27, says he felt that the opportunity to use his education and the Internet was a source of frustration for his family.
Belmonte: We were still better off than anyone else. And I think people are probably staying at home and dying. And it really exposes the huge disparity in access to health care.
MCCARTHY: Belmonte adds, one year into a deadly epidemic, the system is unprepared. Julie McCarthy, NPR News.
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