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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Just give us enough space,” he said and the Red Cross would set up what they usually do in calamity areas.It’s a sound, humanitarian proposal, but the idea and image of Cebu City, Queen City of the South, the once proud “Second to None” city of yore, behaving like a disaster zone when the greatest dislocation of people is across the channel in Bohol province, does not do justice to the city.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealConsider a fourth option.While City Hall officials debate on how to spend a P103 million calamity fund or reach Mayor Michael Rama’s target of P1.5 billion for a dream 1,000-bed hospital, can we ask private hospitals to fill the gap? Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town Immediately after the quake, about 130 CCMC patients were evacuated. Some spent a week in tents or the fire department’s lobby across the street before being transferred to private hospitals by special arrangement.The sight of newborns and infants in their cribs, with exhausted mothers fanning them in the humid chapel converted into a nursery, was heartbreaking.If a fiscal incentive is needed to get 10 percent or 20 percent extra non-revenue beds, City Hall could offer tax breaks to private hospitals.Debate and fund-raising take time. Mayor Rama and the City Council, who don’t see eye to eye on many fiscal matters, can take till Christmas and Sinulog to raise a single hollow block.In the meantime, the weakest and poorest residents of Cebu City have nowhere to go for hospital care that doesn’t require a P5,000 deposit. (The overburdened state-run Vicente Sotto Medical Memorial Center has its limits.)The need is now. A tent city isn’t good enough – shouldn’t be “OK lang” – for charity patients of a city that strives to be among the best in Asia.Read Next Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal MOST READ Cebu City hosts several modern hospitals with first-rate medical staff and excellent facilities.MORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateMORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateThe big three – Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu Doctors’ Hospital and Perpetual Succour Hospital – have all invested in the expansion of their buildings and facilities in recent years, eyeing bigger markets beyond Cebu through medical tourism.What would it take for each private institution to pledge here and now, 10 percent or 20 percent of its beds for CCMC’s displaced patients and future charity cases?Ten percent is a classic amount for tithing in church. A private hospital with bolder corporate social responsibility (CSR) could offer 20 percent.To be a true response to the emergency of the Oct. 15 earthquake and the sudden loss of the 300-bed CCMC, the offer should be on top of their current charity wards.ADVERTISEMENT The fate of the quake-damaged Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) remains in limbo amid the debate over whether to demolish and build a new one or retrofit the cracked structure.A third interim option was offered by the Philippine National Red Cross over the weekend. Its chairman Richard Gordon offered to set up a temporary tent hospital.ADVERTISEMENT Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros LATEST STORIES Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again SMC bags Bulacan airport project View commentslast_img read more

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