JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Several members of the City Council questioned the reported alleged inefficiency of medical frontliners at the J.R Borja City Memorial Hospital.
Fuming mad during his special report, City Councilor James Judith II told the august body that these allegedly reported inefficiencies have resulted in the deaths of many patients.
Judith said the immediate relatives of the victims have one thing in common why their patients died at the hospital, allegedly because of the delayed responses of these medical frontliners, including doctors and nurses.
“I have received so many complaints from these people who claimed that medical frontliners at the City Hospital are very inefficient which resulted in the deaths of their patients,” the young councilor said in vernacular.
Judith cited the case of a one-year-old girl patient who died of dengue. He said the child was first referred to the City Hospital but due to inability of the City Hospital to respond to severe dengue case, the kid was recommended at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, which is already a third-level hospital.
MDNN News team tried to get the comments of the involve parties but they’re not available at press time.
TO THE RESCUE
Meanwhile, City Councilor Malou Gaane, chair of Committee on Health also batted in response to the reported accusations of Councilor Judith.
Gaane said the hospital management has been preparing the pertinent documents to make the city hospital at level 2 to make it more efficient and to respond to the immediate needs of the patients.
Gaane also lamented that it is very improper to put the blame on the doctors and nurses on the reported delay in responding to the patients who need immediate care and treatment.
Gaane claimed the hospital has been receiving and accommodating a lot of patients which also resulted in the lack of more medical workers.
For her part, City Vice Mayor Jocelyn Rodriguez recommended the concerned agencies of the government to fast track the documents needed for the developments and upgrades that the city hospital needs.
“The City Hospital has been fully developed already even before the City Government has included it as among the top priorities in the annual budget,” she claimed.
City Councilor Roger Abaday also shared the sentiments of the medical frontliners who are only receiving very lor salaries.
Abaday said it’s high time that the City Government and the national government will work hand in hand to upgrade and increase the salaries of the medical frontliners.
“Many of the city’s top doctors and nurses wanted to work at the City Hospital but the very low salaries have made them to think otherwise,” Abaday pointed out.
BIGGER BUDGET IN INFRASTRUCTURES
Judith also added that the City Government has always been allocating bigger budgets to infrastructures.
like school buildings and covered courts every year.
“But even having an intensive care unit (ICU) at the City Hospital had not been attended to for many years now,” the city councilor lamented.
He said health concerns of the people living in the city must also be looked up to now by the present administration because the city residents are part of the fast-booming city of Cagayan de Oro.