Why not a city hospital for Zamboanga? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 March 2016 13:41

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

Instead of spending millions of pesos of public funds for the city’s peace and order operations, which is sometimes misused with lamentable results and giving of free medicines to indigents at City Hall also coming from the city’s public funds, but many times abused by city employees and middle class families well connected with city officials, why not put up a city government run hospital operated by the city government? This will ensure a total health care in not only curing the symptoms with free medicines but eradicating the cause of sickness through the care of physicians in hospital owned and operated by the city government. This will be slinging many birds with one stone.

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In prosperous mining city of Iligan, in Northern Mindanao and some cities in the the country, aside from their government medical center and private hospitals, the city of Iligan is operating their city hospital to cater to sick and senior citizens. It is worthwhile to operate a city hospital, because the national government and some charitable institutions like Pagcor and PCSO and some well meaning politicians subsidize and share their health care budgets for the city government hospital. This does not include foreign donors and governments that are indulged in health care advocacy.

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Aside from unclogging our national government hospitals in the city of excess patients which is way over their hospital bed capacity using even hospital hallways for stay-in patients, it will also give opportunity to the many graduates of nursing and allied medical courses in the city who are jobless. Some nurses in the city even accept jobs in call centers instead of a hospital. What a waste of talent and skill for the city of Zamboanga. What is bad is, we were informed that some nursing graduates end up as OFWs in the Middle East and from bad to worst, OFW nursing graduates, end up being abused by their employers in a foreign land. Zamboanga city government reportedly is one of the richest city governments in the country. It should take care of its jobless nurses and  allied medical professionals.”Charity begins at home”.

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The Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) can now concentrate in treating patients from elsewhere in the Peninsula or concentrate in treating serious cases that the proposed city hospital is not capable to do so because of incomplete medical facilities. This way, with a city hospital operated by the city government of Zamboanga, it will ease the pressure of our medical professionals at the ZCMC and it will solve the city’s barangays on their complaints of inadequate service at the ZCMC. The city can now give a better service to the sick from the locality and the ZCMC can also concentrate to treat serious cases with undivided attention. Perhaps with a city hospital existing in Zamboanga, local health care and treatment can be seriously attended to by city government paid doctors and nurses.

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The city government of Pagadian in neighboring Zamboanga Del Sur has a city hospital that was started by the late mayor Pajares, who was a Doctor of Medicine, Why not Zamboanga City? Operating a city hospital is definitely not a retrogressing factor or going back to the past in health care as opined by some city residents whose outlook in life is “micro” with only a “forward sight” like a horse pulling a carriage. But, by looking sideways, you will know the real problem of the city in terms of “health care”  and from all sides one will know that the difference is not always the same.

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Scoop: Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar, should give this suggestion a serious study. Let the national government concentrate in solving poverty and our unstable peace and order in the country, that is its the primary job. Let the city of Zamboanga take full care of its populace who need medical attention. What benefits a very wealthy city but cannot even give medical attention to her sick people but only rely on other government agencies to do the healing? Something should be done because a “healthy city population makes the city wealthy”. We believe that a city operated hospital, should not be made a political issue by Mayor Beng’s detractors and opponents because one of these days they will also need medical attention. A joint effort is always better, because after all this is the only “ Latin City in Asia”. Latinos are healthy adventurers. You may disagree to agree.