Probe on death of dengue patient set September 10-A A +A
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Provincial Board has set for September 10 its probe on the negligence charges against personnel of Romana Pangan District Hospital in Floridablanca town over the death of a four-year-old dengue patient last month.
The investigation will be led by first district Board member Crisostomo Garbo, who heads the committee on health of the Provincial Board.
"The investigation, as called for by our Governor Lilia Pineda, is set on September 10, Tuesday. It will be in aid of legislation," Garbo told Sun.Star Pampanga.
He said the inquiry will tackle "procedural problems" and the circumstances surrounding the girl's death, including the alleged lack of proper attention by the medical staff.
Aichelle Mitch Lopez was confined at the hospital on August 14 to 16 and fell into a coma and died later due to alleged failure of doctors to diagnose her real condition.
"We will determine if there was indeed negligence on the part of the hospital staff. Definitely, employees and personnel responsible for the death of the young patient will be sanctioned and made answerable," Garbo said.
He added that findings and results of the investigation will then be referred to the grievance committee.
Earlier, health committee member third district Board member Rosve Henson had also asked the Provincial Board to look into the reported shortage of emergency medicines like anti-rabies vaccines in various district hospitals, plus the rising costs of medical services and treatment at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in the City of San Fernando.
"Hindi naman nawawalan ng medicines sa mga hospitals natin. But there are unforeseen cases when it happens that patients have to buy in pharmacies outside of the hospital where it is more expensive. What we want to do in aid of legislation is how to create a mechanism where there would be no delays in procurement and establishing the buffer stock," said Henson.
Since last year, district hospitals in Pampanga were under the Drug Consignment Program, ensuring sufficient supply of medicines for patients.
"We must take into consideration our marginalized kabalens and indigent patients who need our district hospitals for healthcare," Henson said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 04, 2013.