Government, private hospitals told: Send doctors to evacuation centers
The left-wing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya)on Tuesday urged government and private hospitals to dispatch doctors and other health personnel to evacuation centers and other areas ravaged by storm Ondoy and attend to the medical needs of victims of massive flood since Saturday.
“Malacanang is highly obliged to send government doctors and personnel to evacuation centers and other areas affected by typhoon Ondoy. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should forget her enthusiasm for foreign trips and grandiose dinners and dispatch state resources according to the needs of the affected people,” said Pamalakaya Vice-chair for Luzon Salvador France.
The Pamalakaya leader added: “We also ask private hospitals to send its army of doctors, nurses and other medical aides to evacuation centers and other devastated areas to help the victims of storm Ondoy. Even for this trying moment, please withdraw your fetish for big profits and put the people’s interest and health above profits and promising returns on investments.”
France said Malacanang and the Department of Health should mobilize doctors and other medical people from the Philippine General Hospital, the East Avenue Medical Center, Ospital ng Maynila, Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital, Philippine heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, National Kidney Hospital, Philippine Children Hospital and the other state-run hospitals to check up patients in evacuation centers and other flooded areas.
As for private hospitals, Pamalakaya suggested that doctors and other hospital workers from St. Luke’s Hospital, UE Hospital, UST Hospital, Makati Medical Center and the likes should also be sent to provide their medical expertise and share their medical technologies to victims and other indigent patients in evacuation centers and ravaged areas in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces affected by typhoon Ondoy.
Pamalakaya also proposed a P 10-billion health crisis fund for the victims of typhoon Ondoy. The group said the fund should be used for the additional purchases of medical equipment and medicines for the indigent patients.
Meanwhile, the militant group appealed to all presidential candidates not transform their relief campaigns for Ondoy victims into launching pads for presidential campaigning.
“Please do not trivialize the situation and turn your relief activities into a de facto electoral campaign for presidential election. If you want to help, just help and stop making noise or issuing statements as if it is already election campaign time,” said Pamalakaya.
The militant group was referring to the announcement of Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and Vice-presidential candidate Mar Roxas that their team will launch its own campaign for the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims. It was announced a day after their sortie in Mindanao.
“If Noynoy and Mar want to help, then please do, and they are welcome to do so. However, stop treating this crisis as an opportunity to gain electoral advantage. That’s political opportunism,” said Pamalakaya.
“We appeal not only to Senator Noynoy, but to all presidential candidates to be please be sensitive enough to the collective sentiment of the people in relation to the current disaster problem and crisis,” said Pamalakaya. #