MANILA, June 20 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine health care system’s current critical care utilization rate (CCUR) is not yet fully exhausted, meaning the system still has enough capacity to care for those in need of critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday.

“‘Yung critical care utilization rate, ito po ‘yung mga capacity ng health system kapag tinignan natin ‘yung critical resources like ICUs (intensive care units) at mechanical ventilators,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

“Ang sinasabi sa analysis natin, 35% pa lang ang nagagamit sa kabuuan, so masasabing marami pang reserba ang ating health system,” Vergeire said.

The Health official said CCUR is an important indicator in determining whether quarantine restrictions can be eased since it provides data on the capacity of the country’s hospitals and other health facilities to take care of the critically ill during the crisis.

However, Vergeire said the 35% CCUR is for the whole country and that rates vary in every region.

“Kung titignan ang bawat rehiyon, iba-iba. May ibang rehiyon nasa critical level,” Vergeire said.

The case doubling time has also slowed down to 6.9 days from two to three days since the government imposed strict lockdown measures.

The mortality doubling time has also slowed to nine days, according to Vergeire.

“Masasabi natin na natulungan tayo ng community quarantine para ma-flatten ‘yung curve at para makapaghanda pa tayo lalo para sa pandemiya na ito,” she said.

The DOH on Friday said the country has recorded 28,459 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 7,378 recovered while 1,130 died. (MNS)

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