Very sad birth­day


JAMES Fran­cis Gol­fan would have turned four years old yes­ter­day and his fam­ily had pre­pared for his birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

In­stead, his mother, Irene Ma­nipis, spent the day work­ing on the doc­u­ments needed for his burial at the pub­lic ceme­tery in Car­men town to­day.

Gol­fan is the tod­dler who died of dengue at the Danao City Gen­eral Hospi­tal last Novem­ber 29 af­ter at­tend­ing physi­cians at the hospi­tal’s emer­gency room al­legedly de­clined to ad­mit the child when they first came three days ear­lier.

“Mag­tapok man mi karon kay mangabot man ang among uban nga paryente. Karon mi magde­cide kung mo-file ba mi og kaso aron mausa among hukom. Lisod man pod kaayo kung moin­gon mi nga mo-file diha-diha dayon ,” said Ma­nipis in a phone i nter­view on Fri­day.

Ma­nipis lamented the way they were treated by the at­tend­ing physi­cian at the emer­gency room when they first ar­rived at the hospi­tal noon of Novem­ber 26.

“Ni­hangyo gyud ko nga i- ad­mit bisan og adto lang mi sa likod basta ma- dex­trose lang akong anak kay luya gyud sya. Mao pud na ang rec­om­men­da­tion sa doc­tor sa among [Barangay] health cen­ter sa Car­men kay nag- pos­i­tive man sa dengue pag test ad­tong bun­tag, ” Ma­nipis said.

Ma­nipis said that she asked the physi­cian if they could get a re­fer­ral to trans­fer to an­other hospi­tal like the Vi­cente Sotto Memo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter (VSMMC) in­stead, but the same was de­nied.

Dr. Rene Catan, head of the Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice, ear­lier said that they have al­ready asked the doc­tors to ex­plain.

The Danao City Gen­eral Hospi­tal is a pro­vin­cial hospi­tal un­der the PHO.

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