MANILA CITY - Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center temporarily closed its emergency room for disinfection due to suspected meningococcemia.
“The emergency room of Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center is temporarily closed as part of standard safety procedure and infection control protocol because of a patient with suspected meningococcal infection,” Dra. Luisa Aquino, director of Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, said in a statement posted by the Manila City government on Facebook.
The medical center is hoping to resume emergency room operations by tomorrow.
“Rest assured that all precautionary measures have been implemented to prevent any risk of spread of infection,” Aquino said.
All other parts of the hospitals are still open to the public including the out-patient department to attend to people’s medical needs.
As reported by Manila Bulletin, Aquino said the 55-year-old patient has had fever for five days as well as rashes.
The patient was already placed in an isolation room and that the hospital is waiting for the result of the confirmatory test.
Blood culture confirmation normally takes five days.
Meanwhile, the medical center said residents should not believe in any news disseminated in social media that did not come from them.
Meningococcemia is a bacterial disease which can be transmitted through respiratory secretions. Although not highly contagious, the disease can be fatal.
Its symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, dizziness, convulsions, vomiting, unstable vital signs, coughing, and rashes.