LIMITED space and angry patients.
These continue to hound the staff of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) one year after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake forced them to transfer their operations to the smaller Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 compound.
The tremors damaged the four-story CCMC building, which the Cebu City Government abandoned three days after the earthquake last Oct. 15. It was demolished a few months later.
Dr. Jofrey Calunog, who is assigned to the internal medicine department, said working in and operating a hospital with limited space is a sacrifice.
“Daghan gyud og pagsubok diri. Kaming mga doctors, wa na mi mga quarters, di pareha sauna. Sakripisyo ni namo para sa mga pobre kay unsaon na man lang ang hospital kung way doctor? Kinsa’y motambal nila? (We face many challenges here. Unlike before, doctors no longer have quarters here so it’s really a sacrifice on our part for the poor patients. But what would happen to this hospital if there are no doctors? Who would treat them?),” he said.
Calunog has been working in CCMC for more than a year and is among the hospital’s 30 resident doctors in training.
Because there’s little room at the BFP 7 compound, CCMC’s bed capacity was reduced from 300 to only 108 at present. There are days when some patients are refused admission because of the lack of beds.
“So naa gyu’y mangreklamo. Naa’y mga masuko nganong di sila pwede diri. So hinay-hinay na lang namo og pasabot nga lisod atong situation karon kay naguba ang hospital (Some of them get angry and complain why they cannot be admitted here, so we have to explain to them that the situation is different now. It’s been difficult since the old building got damaged),” the doctor said.
Adding to the staff’s woes is the poor ventilation in the temporary hospital.