Dagupan hospitals not spared by Pepeng's flood

October 13, 2009 9:35 pm 

By Leonardo V. Micua

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 14 -— Owners of hospitals whose equipment and facilities were destroyed as a result of the flood that submerged Dagupan City from October 9 to 11 are seeking help from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Dagupan City Councilor Jesus Canto, whose family co-owns the Dagupan Medical Centrum, said they will ask President Arroyo to help them secure a special loan facility from government or commercial banks for the immediate rehabilitation of their hospitals.

Canto said they will propose to the President to help them arrange with the banks loans of from P10 to P20 million minimum to acquire new equipment or repair their damaged facilities.

He said that hospitals in Dagupan also suffered the wrath of flood spawned by unusual heavy rains, compounded by the release of water of the San Roque Dam in San Manuel.

Other hospitals outside Dagupan were also ravaged as the flood came so sudden that only a few had the time to relocate their facilities.

Councilor Canto said of the about 10 hospitals in Dagupan, only one– the Pangasinan Medical Center (PMC) on Nable Street in Barangay Pantal– was spared from the flood.

Owned by the University of Pangasinan, the elevated PMC was not affected by flood even with when the adjancent Pantal River overflowed.

The flood in Pangasinan reached as high as four to 12 feet and was considered as the biggest in term of scope and height, even exceeding the two great floods in 1935 as well as in 1972.

Canto said the flood destroyed the Dagupan Medical Centrum in Barangay Tambac expensive surgical, laboratory and medical equipment estimated at P20 million.

However, the biggest losses were incurred by the government-owned Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) which surgical and medical equipment were swamped by the flood Thursday and Friday.

Canto said equipment of R1MC’s intensive care unit, like Echo Cardiogram (ECG), ventilators and others were rendered useless after they submerged in floodwater.

These alone, he said, would cost around P100 million at current prices.

The chest x-ray, CT scan and other equipment, all worth close to P200 million, were also damaged by the flood at R1MC.

The CT scan machine alone costs P120 million, said Canto, who was the former director of R1MC before he run for councilor in 2007.

R1MC, though operated by the Department of Health, could not yet admit major cases at present because of the substantial damages on its equipment and facilities.

The others that have sustained damages in their equipment and facilities are Trauma Specialist Hospital, Luzon Medical Center and the Lyceum-Northwestern University Family Hospital owned by the family of Health Secretary Francisco Q. Duque III, all in barangay Tapuac.

Also affected are the Nazareth Hospital and Ramos Children’s Hospital on Perez Boulevard; Cuison Clinic, also in Barangay Tapuac; and Decena Hospital in Bonuan.

It was not reported yet whether the Dagupan Orthopedic Hospital, also in Barangay Tapuac, as well as the Cipriana Coquia Dialysis Center in Barangay Caranglaan, were also affected by the flood.

Specifically, Canto said, the hospital owners would ask President Arroyo to provide them special lending rights in government banks and even commercial banks.

He is also proposing that the loan would have zero interest for the first year and would be used exclusively for the repair or reconstruction of their damaged hospitals. (PNA)

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