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Netizen recounts how several hospitals refused to treat a kid who swallowed a coin

“Health system ng Pilipinas ang talagang may problema in general. Marami talagang ospital Ang hindi sapat Ang kapasidad to treat certain cases, specifically public hospitals, dahil sa kakulangan ng budget. Another thing Ay kakulangan na rin ng mga doctor sa fields.”

  • Netizen expressed his frustration about a child who was repeatedly turned down by several hospitals.
  • A child from Laguna swallowed a coin.
  • The now-viral post has been shared more than 9,800 times on Facebook.

A Facebook user named Ariel Valerio shared a sad and worrisome experience he had to witness.

He had to accompany a couple who were trying to find hospitals to help their son who had accidentally swallowed a coin. What’s worse and surprising is they really had a hard time finding a hospital that would admit him.

In his post, Ariel said that they first went to Poblacion, Laguna’s Community Hospital. Unfortunately, there were no doctors to attend to the situation of the kid. They headed to SPC Medical Center next wherein they also had no luck in finding a doctor for the boy.

“Unang pinuntahan ang Community Hospital sa Poblacion, San Pablo City, Laguna. Wala raw doktor na gagamot sa bata. Pinalipat sa kabilang ospital,

“Ang kabilang ospital ay SPC Medical Center. Sarado na raw ang clinic ng sinasabing doktor. Hindi puwedeng gamutin ang bata sa emergency room dahil kailangang muna ma-admit pero walang bakante,”

This is followed by San Pablo Doctors Hospital and Immaculate Conception Hospital. Both stated that there’s not enough space to admit the child.

“Ikatlong ospital ang San Pablo Doctors Hospital. Wala raw bakante. Walang doktor na makagagamot sa bata,

“Ikaapat na ospital ang Immaculate Conception Hospital. May kagamitan. May doktor. Pero walang bakante. Kung gusto raw ng mga magulang, pumirma ng waiver dahil sa ward lang ng mga batang may pneumonia at dengue may bakanteng higaan. Hindi pumayag ang mga magulang,”

Global Medical Center said that they don’t have the right tools for the child’s condition. Calamba Medical Center also rejected the patient as they have no room available, and no doctors present. Same goes with CP Reyes Hospital in Tanauan City, Batangas.

“Ikalimang ospital ang Global Medical Center sa Bay, Laguna. Bagong ospital ito. Sosyal ang hitsura. Walang sinabi ang primera klaseng ospital sa Manila. Pero wala raw silang mga instrumentong magagamit para gamutin ang bata,

“Ikaanim na ospital ang Calamba Medical Center. Walang bakante. Walang doktor. Pagkalaki ng ospital na ito pero walang bakante at walang doktor? Isa pa, kailangan muna magdeposito ng 30k ang mga magulang dahil iyon ang tinatayang halaga ng pag-opera,

“Ikapitong ospital ang CP Reyes Hospital sa Tanauan City, Batangas. Walang bakante. Walang doktor. Kahit lumuha ng dugo ang mga magulang dahil lupaypay na ang kanilang anak na hindi pa kumakain maghapon at parang asong ulol na tulo lang nang tulo ang laway dahil nakabara sa lalamunan ang pisong barya,”

As they were getting a bit far, they went back to SPC Medical Center. There were some improvements as there were now doctors present. But the center said that they don’t have a space anymore and they needed to admit the child before they could proceed to the operation. This is where the netizen got more frustrated.

“Mahabaging langit! Uunahin pang dalhin sa kuwarto bago gamutin? Nakiusap ang mga magulang na maghihintay sila hanggang magkaroon ng bakante. Hindi raw iyon ang protocol ng ospital,” he wrote.

They had no choice but to ask for help. Luckily, a relative knew a doctor at the Community Hospital. The doctor immediately called the emergency room to say that he was on the way for the kid.

The experience made the netizen realize how bad the situation is in the country. He ended the post with a few questions in mind.

“Paano kung walang kakilalang doktor ang isang kaanak nila, hahayaan na lang nilang huminto sa paghinga ang bata?

“Anong klaseng mga ospital ito? Anong klaseng health care mayroon sa Pilipinas? Anong klaseng gobyerno meron tayo? Anong klaseng lipunan ito?”

We asked Doctor John Nico Ronquillo about his opinion on the situation. He said that though he believes that the patients should be the number one priority, the public can be really quick to judge the hospital and doctors involved.

“Ang kalusugan ay para sa lahat. Patients should be our number one priority,

“May batas na tayo regarding sa pagtanggi sa mga pasyente, pwedeng managot ang mga gumagawa nito. Sa ganitong cases, madali para sa publiko ang ijudge both yung hospital, and yung Doctors kasi hindi naman natin alam ano tlaga ang nangyari at that point in time,” he said.

But he admitted that the number one concern is that the health system in the country really needs improvement.

“Health system ng Pilipinas ang talagang may problema in general. Marami talagang ospital Ang hindi sapat Ang kapasidad to treat certain cases, specifically public hospitals, dahil sa kakulangan ng budget. Another thing Ay kakulangan na rin ng mga doctor sa fields.”

In a comment, Ariel stated that the kid is now okay and is healing in the comfort of his home.

Written by Jackie Mata

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