WHEN I shared recently on the OFCI Antique Facebook Group photos of a patient lying on an old and torn mattress without any cloth covering, it triggered comments and reactions among readers. A few like-minded people also sent me private messages relating their unsavory experiences while confined at the provincial hospital of Antique. And the same dire condition is also happening in all government hospitals in the Philippines as per comments made on the FB post.
November 14 at 10:14 PM (Please click the highlighted date to take you to the FB post as mentioned above.)
I share herewith a comment by a dear friend:
Susie Abenojar Barbieri This is not surprising Ate Freda. In our town, in the district hospital beds are like that. You have to bring your own bedsheets and pillows. One time we donated hand me down bedsheets given by friends and also got baby cribs. It’s disheartening.
Susie Abenojar Barbieri Patients bring their own food and plates, glass, spoon, fork, thermos and etc. They even bring their own electric fan. Lucky if they have one at home.
Another friend commented, as follows:
Nelson Paguyo Unfortunately this is the result of massive corruption in the PH that gov’t funds mysteriously disappear. Support and pass the jury system initiative and let the people investigate, try and judge violators … cybersearch Philippine Jury Initiative advocate hard for it. Do nothing and this will persist and worsen. (Note: I will highlight the Jury System Initiative in a future blog story.)
One more comment worth sharing:
Dwight Besana There’s no mystery in the disappearance of the government funds. It’s called corruption. The money being stolen were used for their intended purpose then there will be less crime or maybe no crime at all.
While browsing through the many comments by friends and supporters pertaining to the above-mentioned subject, I suddenly remembered my very own experience which I shared as a narrative and a challenge to the various mailing lists and forums via the Yahoo Groups in October 2006. Wow, 16 years later and the same situation prevails!
The said narrative is quite long so it will be the subject of my next blog post.