This just in.
The controversial new Abra Provincial Hospital (APH) can’t seem to shake the bad omen. After so many issues on the P200 Million Hospital, here comes another one.
According to our sources, The Department of Health through it’s implementing agency PhilHealth has ordered the downgrade of APH status from Level 2 to Level 1.
Under the new DOH reclassification order, Level-1 hospitals should have the following facilities — surgery room; isolation, surgical and maternity facilities; dental clinics; secondary clinical laboratory; blood station; first level X-ray; and a pharmacy.
Level-2 hospitals require additional departmentalized clinical services, a respiratory unit, high pregnancy risk unit, second level X-ray with mobile unit, while Level-3 hospitals should have DOH-accredited teaching and training on four major clinical services, ambulatory surgical and dialysis clinics, and a blood bank.
What are the implications of this? According to our sources:
1. Patients can no longer use their PhilHealth card for major illnesses.
2. APH can is no longer qualified to handle major cases.In other words, the hospital is now reduced to a mere district hospital.
Why did it come to this point?
1. The hospital was not built based on strict building specifications.
2. After 6 months of full operations, patients have complaint about defective facilities such as licking roofs and flooding of bathrooms. Poorly lit soroundings.
3. Lack fo equipment and supplies. The facility lacks medicines and even essential supplies like gauze, plasters and gloves are not enough. The dark room for the x-ray is still at the the old APH.
4. APH waste water is now allegely polluting the Abra River.
According to our source hospital administrators are keeping silent about this issue. But patients are now aware of this situation and are starting to be wary.
Only Christian Hospital and Seares Hospital are the remaining level 2 Hospitals.
So what now?