Arnold Clavio Exposé: East Avenue Hospital Spokesperson Dr. Dennis Ordoña Confirmed His Report


Metro Manila Hospital – East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) has made the confirmation of the alleged Instagram post of news anchor Arnold Clavio citing a frontliner in the hospital as his source of information saying “Nagkalat sa hallway ng ospital ang mga bangkay. Sa isang ward, ‪may 15-20 ang Covid-19 positive. Sa tatlong ward, puno ng PUI (Person Under Investigation),Clavio said.

EAMC spokesperson Dr. Dennis Ordoña confirmed this report to CNN Philippines saying this was because according to Ordoña the hospital did not have the sufficient equipment such as freezers to store more than 5 patients.

Arnold Clavio

Ang capacity lang po kasi noon [morgue] is for 5 patients. Ang pinakamataas po na na-record po namin ay 20 na mga cadavers na hindi po napipick-up,” the doctor narrated.

Ordoña admitted that there are dead bodies staying in the morgue for at least four (4) days and that some started to smell and stench reaches to adjacent areas of the hospital.

“honestly po, may mga bangkay na po doon na nangangamoy na. Umaabot na din po ‘yung amoy sa ibang areas po ng hospital” he said.

Ordoña also admitted that it was the EAMC that Clavio was referring into his Instagram post last Saturday morning. But he made clarification about the claim that bodies scattered on the hospital’s hallway. The doctor said it was in the hallway of the morgue which is a separate facility from the main hospital.

Ordoña added that the dead bodies have not confirmed yet of COVID-19 test and they’re still waiting for the test result to know if they have the coronavirus granting that they are Person Under Investigation (PUI).

Report also said that maybe the reasons that relatives of the deceased would not able to claim their remains is because of the ongoing enhanced community quarantine or maybe they are not able to settle the cremation processes or because their immediate relatives are also PUI that they cannot go out to prepare the processing of requirements.

“We don’t know, baka ang relatives hindi na kineclaim sa takot na mahawa sila. O kaya, hindi makalabasdahil ang asawa ng namatay ay PUI din kaya hindi maprocess ang katawan ng kamag-anak.”

On Saturday about 4:00 p.m., Ordoña says 6 bodies remain uncollected in the morgue.

Meanwhile, in a statement sent to reporters EAMC director Dr. Alfonso Nuñez said they did not get any “directive, order or statement” from both the Quezon City local government and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Nuñez also says they are continuously recording and reporting COVID-19 related death numbers to the Health Department’s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

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