MANILAA long-delayed passage of a bill institutionalizing the National Center for Geriatric Health (NCGH) has been pushed anew in an event for the elderly, which was organized by the News and Information Bureau (NIB).
In his remark, NCGH Chairman Melhammid Tomawis appealed for inclusion of the proposed measure converting NCGH into a full-fledged hospital for senior citizens on MalacaAang's list of priority bills.
We appeal for inclusion of this proposed bill on the list of top 10 priority measures of government, Tomawis said during the health and wellness services program held at NCGH in San Miguel, Manila on Monday.
Because our beloved President (Rodrigo Duterte) is also a senior citizen, I'm sure he will support this (bill), he added.
He also appealed to lawmakers in both the Senate and House of Representatives to support the passage of the bill.
Tomawis said the country needs to have a general hospital that will cater to all the medical needs of nearly 10 million senior citizens.
So I hope that under the term of President Duterte, this (bill) will finally become a law and then, hopefully, we will able to eventually build similar hospitals in Visayas and Mindanao, he said.
He said institutionalizing NCGH can serve as 'tangible and permanent' legacy of the Duterte administration.
Established in 2010 through an executive order signed by former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the NCGH is just one of the attached hospital of Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRMMC).
Since NCGH has to rely on limited budget from JRMMC, Tomawis said the NCGH has no intensive care unit (ICU) and equipment needed to operate on an emergency section.
As of now, we can do nothing. That's why we appeal to the government to address it. This is the theme of our occasion today, Tomawis said, referring to NIB's event theme: 'Handog KKK Para Kina Lola at Lolo'.
Almost 150 senior citizens have availed of the health and wellness services offered by the NIB in coordination with NCGH as part of Filipino Elderly Week celebration.
Among the services offered include: acupuncture, acupressure therapy, massage therapy, use of lifelight, Carmen bees synchrotherapy, cell mineral drops demo, gadget for massage, quantum magnetic resonance analyzer and pranic/reiki healing.
We are happy to remind and make the people aware that we have Filipino Elderly Week celebration. This is our humble way of making you happy in your celebration, NIB Director Virginia Arcilla-Agtay said.
The NIB, an attached agency of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, provided similar services last May during the NCGH's eighth founding anniversary. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency