Senator Raffy Tulfo expressed his disappointment in the situation of the National Children’s Hospital after he visited it in conjunction with the National Children’s Month celebration.
In his privileged speech, Tulfo described the pathetic condition of the hospital from its facility and medical personnel.
He insisted as much as the condition of the patients there is dying, so is the death of the facility there.
The senator described what he witnessed during his visit to the hospital as dilapidated windows covered only with plywood, broken ceilings, inadequate ventilation, and a lack of medical personnel.
He said the condition of the young patients was pitiful.
“Tatlong taong maghihintay ang isang pasyente bago siya makatikim ng therapy sa National Children’s Hospital,” said Tulfo.
The lawmaker also insisted that no government officials or even the DOH secretary are visiting.
As a result of these observations, Tulfo said that the help of the said hospital is needed.
Transfer P2-B from DENR fund to National Children’s Hospital – Tulfo
So he will advocate reducing the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) fund by P2 billion and transferring it to the National Children’s Hospital.
“Two billion (pesos) po ang dapat mabawas sa DENR at ‘yan po dapat maitransfer sa National Children’s Hospital na mas nangangailangan ng tulong dahil dito yung mga inosenteng anghel ang dapat matulungan sa perang yan,” said Tulfo.
Tulfo saluted the medical personnel of the said hospital because even though the salary is low, they continue to deliver services because of their love for the youth.
The lawmaker also called on his fellow senators to support him in his advocacy and also visit the National Children’s Hospital.
The Indigent Children’s Clinic, which later became the National Children’s Hospital (NCH), was founded on February 11, 1945 as part of the Emergency Civilian Administration. Its mission is to care for children who are unwell or underweight, as well as war refugees.
The National Children’s Hospital is a specialized tertiary hospital and training facility that treats children aged 0 to 19 years old with the highest level of medical care.