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Madonna and Child HospitalThere are 26 hospitals in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental; 11 of which are government-run and 15 are privately-owned. The number of beds is greater than the national standard; this means tertiary health care facilities are sufficient for the population and it still can extend services to the municipalities in proximity.

In addition, there are 302 Barangay Health Centers that provide minor health services. Specialized health care are provided by 18 family-planning clinics and 44 medical or dental clinics. Medical manpower appears to be more than adequate.

Most private hospitals and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center are already equipped with the latest medical tools like CT-SCAN, Dialysis Machine, MRI, Nuclear Scan and Ultrasound. The hospitals are manned by specialists in Neurosurgery, Oncology, Nephrology, and Endocrinology. Specialized private clinics for dental, therapeutic, optical and diagnostic services provide additional support.

Private 11 4 15 917 120 1,037
Government 2 9 11 200 510 710
TOTAL 13 13 26 1,117 630 1,747
Department of Health, Cagayan de Oro City

Barangay Health Centers 53 249 302
Family Planning Clinics 8 10 18
Medical Clinics 10 licensed 17 27
Dental Clinics 7 licensed 10 17
Department of Health, Cagayan de Oro City

Webmaster's comment In Sept. 2013, a doctor's complaint reveals a disturbing situation in a government hospital. Dr. Albee Marie P. Capistrano used to work in Talisayan General Hospital, but now has a clinic in Gingoog:

“While the Senate is busy investigating the external sitePDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] scam, I was attending a patient who was having chest pain and shortness of breath in a government hospital. It is frustrating [to be aware] as a physician, that you know how to treat a patient but every time you order a medicine – including emergency drug that should be available in all hospitals -- the patient's watcher has to run to the nearest pharmacy or hospital to buy it. What little time we have to save the patient's life is lost while waiting for that watcher to arrive. And most of the time it is too late when the watcher arrives.

“I can only imagine: If a portion of billions of pesos lost in that PDAF scam was allotted to all government hospitals we could have saved more lives. But like [Janet-Lim] Napoles who is now lost, we have lost many lives of our patients. I hope that one of the politicians involved in this scam will have chest pain and be brought to a government hospital with no medicine, even aspirin or oxygen or, worst, walay doctor og nurse kay nag-resign kay walay sweldo [no doctor and nurses because they have resigned or they have no salaries] ...."


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