Donated hospital beds for JR Borja Hospital diverted to Vietnam-A A +A
Monday, March 11, 2013
HUNDREDS of brand new hospital beds, which were intended for Cagayan de Oro City’s hospital, were diverted to Vietnam after Korean donors felt their previous donations appeared to have been “neglected” by the City Government.
The diversion of hospital bed came even as City Councilor Alvin Calingin, during previous regular session, said the CT Scan that has been donated years ago by the Koreans were still non-operational because of the absence of a printer.
Calingin said the city has yet to receive more donations especially for the JR Borja Memorial Hospital but because of the state of the handling of the CT Scan, donors opted to give the brand new hospital beds to other countries.
“Wala nila makita nga gihatagan nato og bili ang gi-donar,” Calingin said.
The City Council already passed a resolution before year 2011 ended allocating at least P4 million for the purchase of the CT Scan printer.
The P4-million allocation will be taken from the lump sum appropriation of the 2012 annual budget for the purchase of a CT Scanner Printer to be used in the hospital.
The CT scan machine was donated in 2010 a hospital in Korea but has not been used due to the absence of a printer.
Councilor Edgar Cabanlas also questioned the long delay for the machine to be operative.
For his part, Councilor Dante Pajo, chair of the committee on health and sanitation, said the purchase of printer is already on the pre-bidding stage.
Pajo said the CT Scan was not neglected, however it was already installed at the new building of the City Hospital .
“Hopefully within the year, mahuman na ang bidding ug ma-deliver na dayon ang printer,” Pajo said.
When asked about the state of the CT Scan, Pajo admitted that some slices of it are already defective and should also be replaced.
Meanwhile, Councilor President Elipe urged the Local Finance Board and the Bids and Awards Committee to prioritize the bidding for the printer.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 12, 2013.