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Judith inquires procedures on priority admission at NMMC

During last Monday’s regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Jocelyn B. Rodriguez, Councilor James K. Judith II inquired about the the referral and admission procedures practiced by the City’s JRBGH and NMMC.

In his special report, Judith narrated his depressing experience three weeks ago over alleged failure of the NMMC to admit a one-year old girl patient referred to them by the JRBGH which resulted to her demise.

The sad plight came about even with several calls and requests made by his office with doctors, in response to the plea of the girl’s father.

According to Judith, the child was first brought to the JRBGH (a level one hospital) but due to her severe dengue case, she must be transferred and admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of NMMC (a third level hospital).

“Ang ako lang gikasakit nasayran man nato na ang NMMC usa ka abatement hospital, unsa bay pamaagi na mahimo kay dugay naman ni na problema. Referral mismo sa atong hospital na JRBGH dili gani nila maatiman unsa na lang kaha (ang mga pasyente sa uban na) mga probinsiya or dakbayan sa Region 10?” the councilor lamented.

Judith likewise observed that the NMMC has no triage.

Triage is the procedure of assigning levels of priority to tasks or individuals to determine the most effective order in which to deal with them.

As this developed, Judith suggested for a formal discussion with the DOH to resolve the problem.

“Unsay atong mahimo? Pwede ba na makigsabot ta sa DOH kay kita man tanan apektado. Dili man gani maatiman sa NMMC ang gi-refer na mga pasyente gikan sa JRBGH unsa na lang kaha ang gikan sa uban na mga lugar?,” the councilor further pointed out. The matter was referred to the committee on health, nutrition and health insurance chaired by Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane for appropriate action.


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