Kananga Mayor Manuel Vincent “Matt” Torres ordered the Kananga Municipal Hospital (KMH) administration to begin its 24-hour operations on Tuesday, Aug. 1, after a social media post about how the hospital was not able to cater the needs of patients involved in a vehicular accident last weekend went viral.
4th District of Leyte Board Member Caren Torres-Rama, OIC-Municipal Administrator Atty. Adelito Solibaga, Kananga Municipal Hospital Head Dr. Sharon Awit and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) Head Manuel Garduque were quick to conduct an inspection in KMH to make sure that all needs are met and other concerns are addressed following the announcement.
To recall, the viral Facebook post prompted a number netizens to accuse the hospital administration of failing to perform its duty to respond to emergency cases and provide medical care to the victims in need. However, Mr. Manuel Garduque clarified that his staff rushed to Barangay Montealegre and attended to the victims a few minutes after the vehicular accident happened.
He furthered that victims on the critical list were immediately brought to the Ormoc District Hospital (ODH) while those who were confirmed dead-on-the-spot were taken to the mortuary. Reports claiming that there were no personnel present in Kananga Municipal Hospital at the time of the accident were also debunked.
In an official statement posted on Facebook, the Kananga Municipal Hospital and Kananga Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office claimed that proper protocol was followed and the victims were handled properly, contrary to the allegations that made rounds online.
It was, also, revealed that Mayor Matt ordered the immediate hiring of doctors, nurses, and other personnel to accommodate the needs of Kanangahanons and other citizens living in nearby municipalities, who need urgent medical attention, at any time. The local government unit vowed to take further actions to improve the service quality of the said medical institution.