Nursing mothers: AFPMC in sorry state

Soldiers are lamenting the sorry condition of their wives who have just given   birth at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center in Quezon City.  Hospital room ventilation  is poor and  beds are sorely lacking. Instead of beds, the mothers are made to sit on a chair.

“Namamanas na ang mga paa ng aking misis dahil maghapon at magdamag siyang nakaupo kundi man nakatayo para magpasuso sa aming anak. Wala man lamang kama o kahit folding bed man lamang sana na kanyang mahigaan para maka-relax naman at makatulog matapos siyang magpasuso sa aming anak,” one of the soldiers  told The Standard.

The enlisted personnel who took a leave of absence from his   Mindanao posting  to  take care of his  wife and child  in the hospital has appealed to AFPMC commander Colonel Joseph Acosta to look into the plight of mothers and infants.         

During a recent visit  the Standard found that   up to six mothers with their infants were cramped in a small room without beds and barely enough ventilation in the hospital’s 6th   floor. The  area  has no comfort room; it has four  ceiling fans but none is  working. The mothers had to walk several meters away from their room to get to  the nearest CR.

“Kanya-kanya kaming dala ng electric fan kasi hindi talaga gumagana ‘yang apat na electric fan diyan sa taas,” a soldier  said.

The soldiers said they want to transfer their wives and infants to a private hospital but they can’t afford  the cost.

They said their room is not the only one because there are   other rooms on the same floor with the same condition.    

A day after the visit in the hospital, this reporter received a call with his mobile phone from one of the mothers that at least two beds were brought inside their room for her two fellow mothers.

“Ang binigyan lang po ng bed ay yung kapwa ko nanay na namamanas ang mga paa at yung isa pang nahihirapan na talaga sa upuan lang,” she said.

As at press time,  the Standard learned that  the condition of the mothers and their infants have not changed a bit and some of them had  already been discharged from the room and replaced by new ones.

The mothers have appealed to AFP chief General Hernando Irriberi to investigate the alleged negligence of concerned officials at AFPMC.

The Standard tried but failed to get the side of AFPMC chief Col. Joseph Acosta.

Last year, Acosta’s predecessor, retired Brig. Gen. Normando Sta. Ana Jr. was relieved of his post as AFPMC chief because of alleged bidding irregularities of medical supplies.  But after an investigation ordered by then AFP chief retired Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., Sta. Ana was cleared and reinstated to his position.

Sta. Ana was an adopted member “mistah” of Catapang’s Class 1981 in the Philippine Military Academy.

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