ARMM allocates P1 million aid for Cotabato hospital PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 June 2013 13:54

The executive department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao allocated Wednesday an initial P1 million grant to the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) for the medication of patients from nearby ARMM provinces.

The grant, dubbed Medical Assistance Fund (MAF), is intended for accruing hospitalization expenses of indigent patients from any of the ARMM provinces confined at the CRMC.

The CRMC in Cotabato City, Central Mindanao’s biggest state-run hospital, is near the ARMM’s Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces.

Patients from the two provinces accounts for most admissions to the CRMC.

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and the chief of CRMC, physician Helen Yambao, signed at the Office of the Regional Governor in Cotabato City  an agreement detailing the initial P1 million tranche for the hospital and the mode for its utilization.

The bilateral humanitarian tie-up was facilitated by Hataman’s office and his regional health secretary, eye surgeon Kadil Sinolinding, Jr.

The CRMC and Maguindanao First District Rep. Sandra Sema had ventured into a similar funding collaboration scheme last year, intended for indigent constituents of the solon in the 11 towns in her district and the 37 barangays in Cotabato City.

Hataman said the P1 million grant for the CRMC is to be drawn from the special purpose fund (SPF) of his office.

The signing of the MAF agreement by Hataman and Yambao was witnessed by senior staffers of the CRMC, led by orthopedist Dimarin Dimatingkal.

Sinolinding and the ARMM’s cabinet secretary, Norkhalila Mambuay-Campong, also stood as witnesses to the crafting of the MAF assistance package.

The MAF assistance, Hataman said, was  conceptualized after more than 50 residents of Bongao Island in Parang town in Maguindanao were hospitalized at the CRMC after contracting Cholera early this year.

The outbreak was caused by the contamination of the seaside artesian wells in the island with murky waters from hinterlands that spread downstream after several days of heavy downpours.

“Almost all of those patients did not have money for their hospitalization,” Hataman said.

Sinolinding, during the symbolic crafting of the ARMM-CRMC project, announced that the Hataman administration has bagged the “Red Orchid Award” from the national health department for its “90 to 95 percent compliance” with the government’s anti-smoking regulations.

Yambao said the CRMC has also been cited as “hall of famer” for its utmost compliance with the government’s anti-smoking campaign.