The Ceased Operation of Sto. Niño Hospital
Sto. Niño Hospital in the City of Baguio stopped its operation last 2009. “After serious review and reconsideration on the matters underlying the decision of the board and the appeals raised by the hospital employees and its professionals, the board finds no compelling reason to justify a departure from its earlier decision to cease hospital operations and close down the facility,” reads the statement from the Avila Law Office last 2009. Citing unfavorable operational viability as main reason why the mentioned hospital stopped operating to clarify.
The Government and Owner Agreement
The City government announced that they got the permission of the owners of the said hospital to reopen it as a COVID-19 treatment facility. Mayor Benjie Magalong, Dr. Willy Occidental and City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña talked to the hospital owners and agreed to use the hospital for free.
The Reason of Reopening
The hospital will serve as the exclusive critical care unit for COVID-19 patients. However, the doctors will take care non-COVID patients at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and other hospitals. This is done to protect the other hospitals from the risk of contamination.
Who will prepare the Hospital?