How would you react if you receive a message in your mobile phone that your youngest grandson (who has just celebrated his first birthday last September 2, 2010) has been attack with gastroenteritis exactly on the first day of 2011? That your grandson will be rushed to the doctor because of continued vomiting and diarrhea? And worst, you are miles away from him?
My first reaction was to stay calm and told myself that not everything will be within my control and that I should stay calm so his mother (who is only 19 years old) and his father (a 21-year old) will not panic.
I cannot imagine riding a bus immediately ( I was in Bulacan and my grandson was in Baguio) to go and assist the young couple. Besides, I myself is also experiencing a not very good condition because of the very warm weather.
When I had myself relaxed, I called my daughter and told her to relax. And that everything will be fine. Take her son to the hospital for first aid and to trust the doctors. I also advised her to give fluids to the baby so as to avoid dehydration. He was taken to the Baguio General Hospital and stayed there for four days. To be used as a specimen by OJT (on the-job-training) nurses without the guidance of a licensed nurse. In his four days in the hospital, his dextrose was transferred four times into different parts of his very fragile body.
Gosh! How could our government owned and managed hospitals acted like this over and over? How many hundred times complaint like this has been reported,printed and condemned by their higher-ups and media? When will our government-owned hospitals be delivering sincere and humane service to the people? Why is it that government hospital workers kept on saying “kung me pera ka lumipat ka sa private hospital”. At this point, I can only think of one thing: you have no right to be especially when you don’t have money. Hospitals are for only well-offs.