Fail­ing to see the big pic­ture

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! -

IN NOVEM­BER 2015, a 39-year-old public school teacher died at the Tubu­ran District Hos­pi­tal (TDH) af­ter a nurse al­legedly in­jected her with ex­pired in­sulin the former’s rel­a­tives had pur­chased at a nearby phar­macy later found to have no busi­ness per­mit or li­cense to sell.

The Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice (PHO) asked the doc­tor who or­dered the nurse to in­ject the pa­tient with­out check­ing the in­sulin’s ex­piry date to r esi gn .

In July 2017, Dr. Es­te­ban Li­garay, TDH chief, was sum­moned to shed light on a staff nurse who al­legedly in­jected a pa­tient with the wrong drug that re­sulted in the pa­tient’s deat h.

Li­garay, how­ever, dis­missed the re­port, say­ing no pa­tient had died from a case of wrong in­jec­tion.

Later that year, in Septem­ber, a woman blamed TDH per­son­nel for the death of her baby.

She said she was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal on Aug. 26 when she un­der­went la­bor. Af­ter five hours when she still didn’t give birth, she was re­ferred to the Vicente Sotto Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Cebu City. TDH of­fi­cials later found out that her baby had died.

Pic­tures posted by the mother on Face­book showed lac­er­a­tions on the baby’s body.

Last Feb. 8, a drug sus­pect was brought to the hos­pi­tal with sev­eral gun­shot wounds. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the man had tried to pull out a gun when he re­al­ized he was deal­ing with an un­der­cover cop dur­ing a drug trans­ac­tion in Barangay Pobla­cion.

The 23-year-old pa­tient was shot in the face, chest, left arm and shoul­der. He later suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

The TDH landed on the news be­cause a hos­pi­tal nurse took a video of the pa­tient, which her col­leagues later up­loaded on the in­ter­net. The video went vi­ral. Based on the footage, the pa­tient, who was clearly in agony, was left unat­tended. This pro­voked the ire of many ne­ti­zens.

The head of the PHO clar­i­fied that the pa­tient re­ceived treat­ment as soon as the lat­ter ar­rived in the hos­pi­tal. The video didn’t cap­ture that, he said.

It is un­for­tu­nate that past al­le­ga­tions of TDH’s neg­li­gence have clouded the public’s judg­ment. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on what the hos­pi­tal should have done, the public should have riled at the per­sons re­spon­si­ble for the pa­tient’s suf­fer­ing.

- Sun­nex

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.