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Saturday, October 19, 2013
CEBU City Mayor Mike Rama wants to tear down at once the five decade-old 300-bed Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) along N. Bacalso Ave. because of the heavy damage it sustained in Tuesday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
“It is very dangerous. We cannot allow it to continue to be there. The situation is so critical,” Rama said.
The quake finally accomplished what former mayor and congressman Tomas Osmeña long wanted to do with the CCMC.
Mayor Rama said the demolition of the CCMC was upon the suggestion of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who inspected the city-run hospital last Thursday together with her daughter Sen. Nancy Binay.
“So the Vice President said to me, ‘Mike, why don’t you demolish it and build a new one’?” Rama said.
Listen, a bigger and more modern hospital on the same site. If he can get any funds from the city council.
Some 100 patients admitted at the CCMC were immediately evacuated after the quake struck.
Newborn babies are being housed at the chapel of the Bureau of Fire Protection across the CCMC, while its parking area and the sports complex house all the other patients.
Other patients, particularly those who are in critical condition, were transferred to other hospitals. This only happens when a city doesn’t have its own hospital.
Much has been said about politics rearing its ugly head in the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol, Cebu and other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.
What if President Noynoy Aquino inspected damage on offices of allies and the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino tagging along his local allies and skipping CCMC? Or for Mayor Rama to inspect the quake damage with VP Binay?
Politicking? That’s what politicians do.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 19, 2013.