By Erma Edera
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno bared plans to transform the Ospital ng Maynila (OsMA) into a modern, first-class health care institution worthy of its reputation as the city’s flagship hospital, and at par with top tier hospitals like the St. Luke’s and Makati Medical Centers.
“Basta, pag ang OsMa itinayo at hindi naging mas maganda o kasingganda sa Makati Med at St. Luke’s, hindi papasa sa akin. Hindi biro ang pagtatayo ng ospital. Minsanin mo lang, ba’t di mo pa itodo?’ Moreno said without going into details of the hospital.
(If the new Manila hospital is not better or same as Makati Med and St. Lukes, it won’t pass for me. Building a hospital is no joke. Since you don’t do it often, why don’t you do it well?)
In a meeting with directors, doctors, staff and nurses from the six city-run hospitals, the mayor said he we will support, and invest especially on ways to provide the best health care for Manila’s poor residents.
Moreno said he would want poor patients to feel that they have been well taken care of up to their last breath, and that they have been provided with the best medical care possible in a hospital that is airconditioned, clean and beautiful.
“Ang isang mahirap, makaramdam man lamang ng tunay na pagkalinga sa kanyang huling hininga man lang, ‘yun ang goal natin,” he said.
(A poor person should feel they are cared for by the government until their last breath, that’s our goal.)
Also included in the rehabilitation plans for OsMa is the construction of a school building right beside the hospital, which will house the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) College of Medicine.
At least 60 health centers in the nation’s capital are also set for renovation.
Moreno also encouraged the health workers to aim for higher position by taking the civil service examination, which is required for those seeking a civil service position in the local government, among others.
“As long as you are qualified, go to the personnel, go to Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and I will sign it,” Moreno said, adding that the basis for promotion would basically be the kind of service an applicant rendered in his years with the city.