Urgent need for an Emergency Hospital in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental

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    Hon. Mayor Agnes C. Villanueva, Mayor, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, Hon. Gov. Herminia D. Ramiro, Governor, Misamis Occidental, Hon. Rep. Jorge T. Almonte, Representative, First District, Misamis Occidental, Hon. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health, His
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Plaridel is one of the oldest and biggest municipalities in the province of Misamis Occidental, Philippines. Currently, Plaridel is a fourth class municipality and it has a population of 33,073 people according to the 2007 census. Plaridel has 33 barangays (a village) which is the smallest administrative division of the country.

Presently, there is no existing Emergency Hospital in the municipality of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental. In emergency cases, a patient in critical condition has to be transported to the Emergency Hospital of the neighboring town of Calamba or to the Provincial Hospital of Oroquieta City for immediate treatment. Because of the time and travel distance, it is a well known fact that in some, if not, in most cases, the patient unfortunately, does not reach the hospital alive. This deplorable health situation in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental will remain like this unless; the government will take the necessary action of providing the much needed Emergency Hospital.

Plaridel Group

The Plaridel Group is an online association of concerned people of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, residents or living elsewhere. It is a non partisan group using facebook as a social networking tool. The Plaridel Group was conceived primarily for the purpose of urging our Government (Municipal, Provincial, Congress and the President) to build an Emergency Hospital in the municipality of Plaridel to cater to the health needs and save lives of people in the municipality, especially in times of emergency.

Our envisioned Emergency Hospital

An emergency hospital that provides initial clinical care and management to patients requiring immediate treatment, as well as primary care on prevalent diseases in the locality;
- Clinical services include general medicine, pediatrics and non-surgical gynecology and minor surgery
- General administrative service and may provide ancillary services (primary clinical laboratory, first level radiology, pharmacy)
- Provides nursing care for patients who require minimal category of supervised care for 24 hours or longer.
This classification is based on A.O. 205-0029 otherwise known as Revised Rules and Regulations Governing the Registration, Licensure and Operation of Hospitals and Other health Facilities, Department of Health Philippines Hospital Classification: Hospitals

The Petition

Whereas, the Plaridel Group, in our earnest desire to have an Emergency Hospital in the municipality of Plaridel and in line with President Aquinos health agenda which is Universal Health Care for All Filipinos for 2010-2016, that the Aquino administration aims to achieve better health outcomes, responsive health system and equitable health financing.

We, the undersigned, respectfully and humbly request:

Hon. Rep. Jorge T. Almonte, for funding through legislation by enacting a law in Congress;

Hon. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health, to allocate a budget and provide funding for medical equipment and supplies;

Hon. Gov. Herminia D. Ramiro & Hon. Mayor Agnes C. Villanueva, to allocate a budget and provide funds for land, building & personnel and;

His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III, to honor and support this urgent but legitimate call to build an Emergency Hospital in our Municipality of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental for the welfare and well-being of its over 33073 residents.

Finally, we the undersigned, of the Plaridel Group hope and pray that this petition, will be heard, be given priority and ultimately be granted so that, many lives could be saved in our beloved town of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.