Better equipped Ospital ng Maynila unveiled

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The city government of Manila unveiled on Wednesday a fully-refurbished Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center (OMMC) which underwent a P300-million facelift.

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Dr. Rachel Mariñas, the hospital’s medical director, said the emergency room, the intensive care unit and operating room were renovated.

“We have now complete facilities that are comparable to any private high-class hospital in the country,” Mariñas told reporters after the unveiling of the marker led by Dr. Loi Ejercito, wife of Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada who failed to attend the event.

At least 500 Manila residents seek help daily at OMMC. The number does not include those who seek emergency services.

Among the medical and laboratory equipment acquired are ECG machines, 2D echo machine, evoke otoacoustic emission machine, biological refrigerator, phacoemulsification machine, morgue freezer, video laryngoscope, fully automated hematology analyzer, coagulated analyzer, chemistry analyzer, digital flouroscopy and x-ray machines, among others.

OMMC is a 300-bed tertiary hospital. Manila residents are treated there for free.

There are six city-owned hospitals and services are free to all bonafide Manila constituents.

“We have modern facilities and this is because our mayor wants a healthy citizenry,” Ejercito told reporters in an ambush interview.

The OMMC was founded in 1969. It is also a teaching hospital with at least 100 resident doctors.

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