The Philippines Inland and Island Missions (PIIM) based in Queensland, Australia donated P3 million worth of medical and dental supplies and equipment to the Eversley Childs Sanitarium in barangay Jagobiao, Mandaue City.
Pastor Nolan R. Diaz, field director of the organization, together with Cebu sixth district Rep. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, turned over the donation of hospital beds, bed mattresses, patient lockers, hand crutches, wheelchairs, ventilators, sterilizer trays, vacuum bags and other medical, surgical and operative equipment.
Ruiz, who facilitated the shipment of the hospital equipment, said during the turnover ceremony Friday last week, of her desire push for the conversion of the Eversley Childs Sanitarium into a city hospital.
According to Ruiz, the Eversley Childs Sanitarium is the ideal place for a city hospital because of its big area unlike the present Mandaue City
Hospital in barangay Centro, which has a small space.
She said the city government is capable to manage a bigger hospital because it has a hospital budget of almost P1 billion a year.
If plans push through, Ruiz said she would expand the sanitarium by contracting for additional buildings and purchase the needed equipment, medicines and supplies.
She said she wanted Mandaue City residents, especially those who couldn?t afford to pay for a private hospital, would be given free hospitalization and medicines.
Residents outside Mandaue City could still be accommodated in the city hospital on a socialized payment scheme, Ruiz said.
She said several doctors already gave their commitment to help her operate a new city hospital in Mandaue City.
Ruiz assured that there will be additional donations of hospital equipment by Philippines Inland and Island Missions before her term ends next year because the donor was impressed on how the management handles the hospital.
The group has already donated some medical and dental equipment to the Eversley Childs Sanitarium and the donated equipment are still being used until now.