“Let us unite and ask President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and incoming Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial to modernize our hospital by allotting more government budget and award the lot to the hospital.”
The impending closure of Fabella will not only affect hospital patients and employees, but may also lead to the displacement of families residing nearby.
“Where will the poor mothers go?”
Protesters vow to stay vigilant to keep the maternity hospital in its place.
“For Health Secretary Janette Garin, if the hand hurts, the head must be decapitated. Is that the right solution?”
MANILA – Hospital equipment have began to be pulled out from the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, June 1. Health workers and residents from surrounding communities barricaded the gate to prevent two trucks carrying out equipment from the hospital. The Alliance of Health Workers said police men and additional security guards are now…
“Clients and health workers are uniting to call on the DOH to desist from putting into danger the situation of our mothers, because this move will surely increase maternal death rates in the Philippines.”
“The closure of Fabella hospital, amid the privatization of several other government-run hospitals and healthcare facilities, does not bode well for the continuous hike in maternal and infant mortality rates in the country.”
“This is a reflection of government neglect and abandonment. One of the solutions is for the state to provide adequate budget to basic and essential health services.”
Health workers and patients of the century-old maternity hospital fear that its transfer is prelude to its privatization.
“This is a reflection of the current state of the country’s health workers who endure low wages under a privatized health system.”