SPMC pe­dia ward 2x over­crowded

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - By Juliet C. Re­vita

DE­SPITE hav­ing a 400-bed ca­pac­ity, the South­ern Philip­pines Med­i­cal Cen­ter–Depart­ment of Pe­di­atrics (SPMC-DP), is still over­crowded by al­most twice its ca­pac­ity.

Speak­ing dur­ing the Kape­han sa Dabaw on Mon­day at The An­nex of SM City Davao, SPMC Depart­ment of Pe­di­atrics chief Dr. Has­mina Chio said that they are forced to make two chil­dren share one bed to cater to the in­flux of pa­tients.

As a gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal, they are not al­lowed to refuse pa­tients, and so they make do of what they have.

“It’s be­yond our con­trol so we make use of what we have,” she said.

SPMC is the most sought-af­ter pub­lic med­i­cal cen­ter in Min­danao, it be­ing the big­gest gov­ern­ment health fa­cil­ity in the coun­try with some 1,500 bed ca­pac­ity.

Pa­tients come from all over the is­land.

She added that they usu­ally cater to about 10,000 pa­tients a month, 98 per­cent of whom come from the poor and marginal­ized sec­tor of the com­mu­nity.

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