Rosales dads bat for community hospital

November 12, 2011 at 12:12 am Leave a comment

by Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- Following the closure of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) here as a hospital by the Department of Health (DOH), the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) headed by Vice Mayor Dominador “Jojo” E. Pajela, Jr. is batting for the establishment of. Don Conrado F. Estrella,Sr. Community Hospital.

The DOH through its Center for Health Development (CHD) in Region I issued last October 14 an order to Mayor Ricardo V. Revita to cease and desist in operating the RHU as a hospital which is in violation of Republic Act No. 4226 or the Hospital Act and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

DOH found out during the inspection of the Licensing Team from the CHD that the RHU of this town was operating as a hospital without the necessary licenses from the said agency.

The RHU has been operating as hospital since July 2007 following the clamor of the townspeople for continuous medical services.

Vice Mayor Pajela, a medical doctor by profession, said that the operation of the RHU as a hospital violates the Hospital Act since RHUs are established for preventive health services and not for curative and other high level of medical services such as surgery.

“With the closure order of DOH which the local government has to abide with, this is now the time to establish a community hospital to meet the medical needs of the town’s constituents,” he said.

Pajela said that the SB will lobby with the Abono Partylist and 6th District Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas for possible funding for its construction and for land site.

Pajela further explained that medical standards and requirements must be met to establish a medical and diagnostic clinic.

” With the establishment of a community hospital, the RHU should be manned by the Municipal Health Officer while the hospital shall have separate plantilla of health workers headed by a qualified and experience medical director,” Pajela said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Revita responded to the cease and desist order in his letter of October 25, 2011 invoking that his action for converting the RHU as a hospital was ” in response to the increasing medical needs of our townspeople and in heed to the call of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pangasinan to duplicate the RHU of San Quintin, Pangasinan which was then operating 24/7.”

He further stated in his letter response that “as an elective official sworn into power by my constituents, I owe and am duty bound to serve my town mates. Thus, in the event that ailing patients avail of our medical services empty handed, I cannot simply turn my back on them after rendering our basic health service, or drive them away.”

Revita further stated that with the cease and desist order ” rest assured that we learned our lesson and will be guided accordingly pursuant to our existing rules and regulations.”

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