Published: Friday 23 December, 2016

Manila Mayor Erap Estrada in Hospital Due to Pneumonia – JV Ejercito

Former president and now Manila mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada has pneumonia. Erap is currently hospitalized with doctors closely monitoring his condition.

Mayor Erap Estrada

Mayor Erap Estrada has pneumonia. (PHOTO: ABS CBN)

Mayor Erap Estrada was brought to the hospital two days ago. This was revealed by his son, Senator JV Ejercito. Erap was diagnosed with lung infection most probably due to fatigue, said the senator.

“Siya po’y may pneumonia. Meron siyang kaunting infection sa lungs. Siguro dahil rin ito sa fatigue,” revealed JV during an interview with DZBB.

Based on social media photos, Mayor Erap Estrada was seen enjoying the company of friends and colleagues at a Christmas party for councilors earlier this week before being hospitalized. But he was taken to hospital two days ago because he had difficulty in breathing.

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“Noong una maputla at hirap na hirap huminga… Nung una pagpunta, medyo talagang masama,” said Senator JV.

His condition has improved since then.

“Pero ngayon, bumubuti na dahan-dahan,” Ejercito continued.

Pnuemonia is quite a dangerous disease especially for people of Erap’s age (Estrada is 80 years old). It is considered a silent but deadly ailment which, if not treated at once, can lead to complications and even death.

The elderly are more susceptible to pneumonia. It is the fourth leading cause of mortality among seniors – 90 percent of all pneumonia deaths occur in the older population, according to One reason for this is that elderly people typically have poor immune system response, so their bodies do not tolerate infections as well as before.

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Senator JV said Mayor Erap Estrada is being closely monitored by his doctors. He insists on going home when he feels better but his doctors are adamant that he should make a full recovery first.