PGH director pens letter of hope after hospital is converted to COVID-19 center

The COVID-19 virus has left some hospitals in Metro Manila with no choice but to refuse more patients because they have reached full capacity. Hospitals like Makati Medical Center, St.

Luke’s, and the Medical city have all issued statements that they would not be able to cater to COVID-19 patients anymore.

UP Philippine General Hospital

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With this, the DOH has requested UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Lung Center of the Philippines, and Dr. Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital to become COVID-19 referral centers. As PGH accepts the request, director Gerardo D. Legaspi, M.D. writes “A Letter to the People Giving Hope.”

The message from the director states that this was a difficult decision as it will affect more than 4,000 people who have made PGH their home and the alumni who support it. However, the director believes that despite the difficulty, this is the right thing to do.

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He mentions that the hospital has been serving the country for 112 years and that it will always respond to the call of countrymen when needed. He also states that “This task is daunting but it will be surmountable is we all band together as one.

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