MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday said he wants the new Ospital ng Maynila to be better than prestigious private hospitals.
"Basta 'pag ang Ospital ng Maynila tinayo natin at hindi naging mas maganda kaysa sa Makati Medical Center at St. Luke’s, hindi papasa sa'kin," he said in a speech before public doctors, nurses, and medical staff in the city.
(If the new Manila Hospital is not better than Makati Medical Center and St. Luke's, it won't pass for me.)
"Sapagkat hindi biro magtayo ng ospital, dingding, sahig lang eh bakit di pa natin itodo. So build it better, build the best. Ayaw niyo ba 'yung pasyente ninyo hanggang sa huling hininga nakikita niya dapat ‘ayos, malamig.’"
(It's not easy to build a hospital, why don't we do our best to construct floors and walls. So build it better, build the best. Don't you want your patient until the last breath they would think 'this is nice'.)
Moreno earlier said the 50-year-old Ospital ng Maynila will be renovated and redesigned as a fully air-conditioned, state-of-the-art medical facility by the bay.
The old Antonio Villegas building will be retained but converted to house the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila's College of Medicine.
The mayor said it is government's duty to provide the best care for its constituents until their last breath.
"Ang isang mahirap na tao makaramdam man lamang ng tunay na pagkalinga (mula) sa kaniyang pamahalaan kahit sa huling hininga niya," he said.
(A poor person should feel they are cared for by the government until their last breath.)
"'Yun ang goal natin, maiparamdam natin sa kaniya na hindi kailangan ang public hospital, public hospital din ang hitsura. Pwede siyang public hospital pero ang hitsura niya St. Luke’s."
(That's our goal, to make them feel that a public hospital should not look like one. Even though it's a public hospital, it could look like St. Luke's.)
Apart from OsMa, at least 60 health centers in the capital city are also set for renovation, while the city government will buy 6 new ambulances.