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Thursday, July 24, 2014


MEDICAL officials in Cebu were saddened by the murder of Dr. Cris Cecil Abbu, who was shot dead by one of his patients at the Sacred Heart Hospital yesterday morning.

“I’m saddened at the incident. I send my sincere condolences to the families of both victim and suspect. We don’t condone and encourage the senseless brutal killings of not just doctors, but anybody in general”, said Dr. Marlon Co, Cebu Medical Society (CMS) president.

An official of the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas urged hospitals, whether public or private, to boost their security, in light of yesterday’s incident.

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Co, in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, said that while conflicts between doctors and patients are common, and urged patients to resolve them peacefully.

“If you have a problem with your doctor, talk it out with them,” Co added.

He said that if the conflict escalates, there are avenues that allow patients to air their side against erring doctors, such as filing a complaint before the CMS.

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Co also said “no doctor, in his right mind, would harm his/her patient.”

On the other hand, Suzette Jabonete, DOH 7 spokesperson, said doctors who feel that their patients who are hostile to them can always seek the help of the law.

In light of Abbu’s murder, Jabonete said the DOH is calling medical institutions in the region to improve their security measures.

While she considered Abbu’s murder an “isolated case,” Jabonete said the incident should serve as a lesson for hospitals, whether government-owned or private, to check on patients even before they could enter the facility.

Valuable

In an official statement, the Southwestern University (SWU) is one with Abbu’s family in mourning the untimely loss of the doctor.

The Sacred Heart Hospital, where Abbu was working when he was shot dead, is under SWU.

Based on the statement, Abbu had finished his Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Bachelor of Laws at SWU.

“His commitment to his Alma Mater is best expressed in his conscientious and humanistic practice of Medicine. His tragic demise will never erase his valuable contributions as an outstanding orthopedic surgeon in Sacred Heart Hospital and a faculty member of the College of Medicine and College of Rehabilitative Sciences”, the statement said.

Officials of SWU also assured law enforcement units that they will cooperate with the investigation on Abbu’s death.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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