KARSA denounces money-making in Kalinga hospital

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Kalinga-Apayao Religious Sector Association (KARSA) vehemently denounced the alleged money-making activities and unbecoming behavior of personnel of the Kalinga Provincial Hospital which is not in conformity with the standards in public service to the people in need of quality health care services from the government health facility.

In their letter to Kalinga provincial hospital chief of hospital Dr. Marilyn Duyan, KARSA chairperson Rev. Norman G. Taynan and KARSA secretary Pastor Rhany P. Abon stated the need for the hospital administration to investigate the numerous complaints of its clients on the previous issues and concerns raised and for the same to be transparent on the results of the investigation, especially on the reported money-making activities and the unbecoming behavior of some of the hospital personnel.

The religious group claimed it has been troubled by the recent barrage of issues concerning the administration of the hospital administered and managed by the provincial government and what appears to be the alleged ‘silence’ from the leadership in effectively and efficiently addressing the questions and accusations raised by the clients of the health facility.

The KARSA officers cited the issues raised range from the alleged money-making scheme of the hospital over paid rapid test and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test without the issuance of official receipts, the reported biased treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients and their families, the unbecoming behavior of some personnel at the reception to the nurses in the wards, and the lack of supplies, among other related matters concerning the delivery of quality health care services being a government hospital.

According to them, some of the members of their religious organizations experienced similar issues, especially on the unbecoming behavior of a number of personnel of the health facility that warrants the immediate action of the concerned authorities after the conduct of the required investigation.

The KARSA challenged the hospital leadership to come in the open and declare what it had done to address these issues and concerns which now casts doubt in the ability of the hospital personnel to deliver to the people their desired quality health care services.

“We believe that the Kalinga provincial hospital is doing its best to serve the community but its silence over the issues will destroy the image not only of the hospital, but also the whole province and its people,” the religious leaders stated in their letter.

The KARSA is an organization of religious leaders in the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao that is a watchdog on the legitimate issues and concerns being raised by the people on the programs, projects and activities of concerned government agencies and the local governments that have a significant impact on the greater welfare of the majority of the populace and that the same had been instrumental in making the people vigilant on what is happening around them. By HENT

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