THE Cebu Provincial Government is worried about the state of the only hospital in Bantayan Island.
Not only does it smell, but it is also home to a swarm of flies.
Gov. Hilario Davide III experienced these first-hand during his visit to the Bantayan District Hospital in Bantayan town last Tuesday.
The culprit is allegedly a nearby poultry farm.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) will meet with the poultry owner, the town mayor, officials from the Department of Health and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office to address the problems.
Dr. Rene Catan, PHO head, said they will discuss a similar problem in Asturias.
Catan said they learned that the flies show up at the hospital two to three days after the harvest schedule of the poultry farms.
“We have to look (for) permanent solutions for this instance. Naa gyud tungod sa duol sa hospital ang poultry. Adto ka sa hospital naa gyuy baho (The poultry farm is located near the hospital. When you go there, you can smell the foul odor from the farm),” he said.
Members of the media who visited the hospital saw fewer flies but the smell was hard to ignore.
The Bantayan District Hospital was damaged when super typhoon Yolanda struck in November 2013.
But that didn’t stop doctors and nurses from tending patients under tents while the current building was being constructed.
Dr. Nicolas James Najarro, hospital chief, said the fly problem and the foul smell were at their worst right after Yolanda.
Back then, patients with respiratory problems were advised to wear masks, he said.
However, he said the patients didn’t suffer any complications because of the flies.
In a separate interview, Bantayan Mayor Arthur Despi said the poultry owner had donated the lot where the hospital stands after the old hospital was razed after fire struck the town in 1972.
“Human nagbahinbahin ang mga anak. Ang nahitabo nahimo silang silingan kay niabot ang panahon nga nag-poultry (Then the children divided the property among themselves. Then one of them decided to open a poultry near the hospital),” Despi said.
The mayor said he already instructed the sanitary inspector to check the problem.