The Dire Condition of Patients Confined at Government Hospitals in the Philippines

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.)

One of the two photos shared which prompted a number of comments and private messages.

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.

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Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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