The Philippine General Hospital Chaplaincy is calling for help and prayers for the patients affected by the fire that broke out early morning on May 16, 2021.
The fire started at 12:41 am and was raised to a second alarm at 12:58 am. At 2:46 am, it was declared under control and was extinguished at 5:41 am.
There were 12 patients transferred to Sta. Ana hospital and two patients were brought to Ospital ng Maynila.
Fr. Marlito Ocon, SJ, Head Chaplain of PGH, said that pregnant mothers and newborn babies were temporarily evacuated to PGH chapel.
“Ang [dinala] dito sa chapel ay mga new born [babies], pedia [patients] and then later on sumunod din ‘yung ibang mga pasyente na walang mapuntahan,” Fr. Ocon told Radio Veritas news.
After the fire was put out, patients were not yet transferred back to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because of the residual smoke that is still dangerous when inhaled.
The Bureau of Fire Protection continues to investigate to determine the cause of the fire with about P300,000 in damage to the building.
Meanwhile, the PGH Administration has launched a fundraising drive for those affected by the fire. Here is the detail of where the help can be sent: (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Radio Veritas Facebook page)