Public hospital allegedly refused to treat Talisay City mayor’s son

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Monday, December 30, 2013

THE youngest son of Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes and his girlfriend suffered burns after the motorcycle they were riding suddenly caught fire in Mandaue City last Saturday night.

Talisay City Administrator John Yre de los Reyes complained about the way his younger brother, John Venth, was allegedly treated by medical staff of the Mandaue District Hospital.

De los Reyes claimed that medical staff of the state-run hospital refused to treat his brother and his girlfriend because they haven’t filed a police report about the incident.

Mayor de los Reyes said he was contemplating on filing a complaint against the government-run hospital.

Interviewed separately, Mandaue City Administrator James Abadia said the City will first investigate what really happened.

Dr. Edna Seno, city health officer, said she will also try to find out what happened when she reports back for work on Jan. 2. Sun.Star Cebu tried to call the chief of hospital but was told the official wouldn’t be available until after New Year’s Day.

John Venth de los Reyes, 21, was on his Yamaha bike and going toward Mandaue City at 10 p.m. last Saturday with his girlfriend, Salve Vega.

After a short stop at a junction on the boundary between Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City and Mabolo in Cebu City, John Venth’s 1,000-cc motorcycle engine exploded and caught fire.

John Yre said that the motorcycle’s radiator hose had suddenly released sparks.

While John Venth and his girlfriend managed to get down from the burning motorcycle immediately, both sustained burns from the initial explosion. John Venth sustained large burns on both of his legs.

Both riders were immediately brought to the Mandaue District Hospital just minutes later, but they were allegedly not treated upon arrival.

The Talisay City administrator, who was present in the hospital, reported that medical staff refused to treat his brother and his girlfriend because they haven’t filed a report with the local traffic police about the incident.

He added that they were also required to submit a report from the medico-legal office to the hospital in order for treatment to begin.

“Dili na man kailangan mu-submit mi ug blotter kay wala may kontra ang akong igsuon pag aksidente niya (No blotter report was needed because no other motorist was involved in the accident),” John Yre said.

No ointment

An hour later, he recalled, he was told by one of the attending nurses that they couldn’t treat John Venth because they had run out of burn ointment.

They eventually brought John Venth and his girlfriend to the Dr. Ignacio Cortes General Hospital in Barangay Centro, Mandaue City and had him initially treated there.

The two were eventually transferred to Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City.

John Yre said he has no interest in filing complaints against the hospital.

“Message lang nako nila na tarungon lang ug tratar ang tanan pasyente kay looy pod, ug isipon unta nila na ilang igsuon tanan pasyente aron di sila magduha-duha ug tabang (I just hope they will treat their patients better, see them as their own brothers and sisters, and will not hesitate to help them),” John Yre added.

But the mayor said that the district hospital should have provided the needed service.

“Dili lalim nga balibaran ka dayun gasakit pa gyud ka tungod dako ang imung samad (Imagine being refused medical care, when you’re in pain from a large wound),” the mayor added.

He plans to talk with Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes regarding what happened, once he arrives in Cebu this week. De los Reyes is in Dipolog City on official business.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 31, 2013.

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