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MMMH&MC ASSURES PUBLIC PREPAREDNESS, CAPABILITY TO HANDLE 2019-nCoV CASES
The Mariano Marcos Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) is assuring the public of its preparedness and capability to handle patients with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
This comes after several posts arose in social media which claimed that the Hospital admitted a suspected patient with a case of the 2019-nCoV which is untrue and after the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte assured the public that the province remains coronavirus-free.
In line with this, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Medical Center Chief II, said that the Hospital has all systems in place to handle patients who shall be infected with the said virus.
Dr. Otayza mentioned that MMMH&MC is one of the “18 identified centers for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases (EREID) in the Philippines and we [MMMH&MC] started to develop our isolation rooms’ capability, with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-scare several years back.”
At present, the Hospital has two (2) high risk and (two) 2 low risk isolation rooms with three (3) identified quarantine rooms for suspected infectious cases or patient under investigation (PUI).
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MMMH&MC PUBLIC ADVISORY No. 2 ON 2019 n-CoV
Stay updated by following the DOH's official 2019-nCoV page which may be accessed at: https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCoV
Kailian, please avoid sharing unverified information regarding 2019n-CoV. Be responsible and get accurate information.
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MMMH&MC DEPLOYS EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM FOR TAAL ERUPTION RESPONSE
The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) has deployed to Province of Batangas its first emergency response team (ERT) to assist and respond to the health needs of evacuees following the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas on January 12.
The deployment of the ERT came after the Department of Health (DOH) placed all state-run facilities and hospitals in the country last week under full-alert status and called for the augmenting of resources of its regional offices thereby stepping up the disaster and evacuation response of the government’s health arm.
Dr. Ma. Lourdes K. Otayza, MMMH&MC’s Medical Center Chief II, emphasized urgent need of the deployment following the widespread damage that the eruption brought in Batangas, adding: “We immediately mobilized our emergency team and supplies and medicines were brought by our personnel.”
The various medical equipment and supplies carried by the Hospital’s emergency team included nebulizer machines, N95 and surgical face masks and medications for eye irritations, antibiotics, multivitamins, oral rehydration drugs, asthma medications, and for other respiratory ailments. An ambulance was also provided by the Hospital.
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MMMH&MC PUBLIC ADVISORY FOR 2019-NCOV
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MMMH&MC, LAND BANK ROLL OUT CASHLESS PAYMENT TO IMPROVE PATIENT SATISFACTION
CASHLESS PAYMENT OPTION. The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines is now accepting credit/debit card payments for hospital bill settlement. The endeavor is aimed to make Hospital's transactions with patients faster and more convenient through improving processes relating to payment of hospital bills which usually derails patients.
Patients of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) are now able to transact their hospital bills through cashless payment option as it recently partnered with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).
In inking the deal, both state-run institutions aimed to make transactions with patients faster and more convenient through improving processes relating to payment of hospital bills which usually derails patients.
Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Medical Center Chief II, lauded this initiative by putting the Hospital’s management on the right track specially at a time when MMMH&MC is trailing to become a fully-accredited Performance Governance System institution which upholds true and genuine governance.
With the cashless payment option for patients, MMMH&MC shall receive payment of hospital bills from patients through valid debits and credit cards (Visa and Master Cards) as well as prepaid cash cards issued by LBP or by other banks.
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MMMH&MC cited as Regional Gawad KALASAG Winner
The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) has been cited as one of the regional winners of the 21st Gawad KALASAG conferred by the Region 1 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The Gawad KALASAG is one of the country’s premier annual awards for excellent contributions of government and private institutions, civil society organizations, schools, groups, and individuals in disaster risk reduction and management and humanitarian assistance (DRRM-HA).
Recognized under Best Hospital-National Government Category, MMMH&MC has continuously strengthened its efforts towards institutionalizing the culture of safety and resiliency in the Hospital and community especially at a time when environmental and man-made disasters or emergencies are increasingly threatening human lives.
As one of the apex hospitals in Northern Luzon, MMMH&MC has regularly conducted major emergency and disaster drills in close coordination with other government agencies such as the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Office, City of Batac Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and its community partner, the hospital Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA). MMMH&MC also leads capacity building and training among officials and employees of local government units down to barangay levels in Ilocos Norte in line with disaster management.
Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Medical Center Chief II, upheld that the Gawad KALASAG recognition would not be possible without the initiatives and efforts of the Hospital’s personnel.
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SHARING A MESSAGE FROM A PSYCHOLOGIST REGARDING OUR CURRENT STATE
The difference between the poor and rich nations is not the age of the nation.
This can be demonstrated by countries like India and Egypt (among others), which are more than 2000 years old and are still struggling (economically).
On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which 150 years back were insignificant, today are developed and rich countries.
The difference between the poor and rich nation does not also depend only on the available natural resources.
Japan has limited territory, 80% mountainous, unsuitable for agriculture or farming, but is second in the worlds economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw materials from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.
Second example is Switzerland, it does not grow cocoa but produces the best chocolates in the world. In her small territory she rears animals and cultivates the land only for four month in a year, nevertheless manufactures the best milk products. A small country which is an image of security which has made it the strongest world bank.