Solon proposes the rehabilitation of the AFP Medical Center

A lawmaker today moved for the rehabilitation of the deteriorating Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center and adoption of a sustainable program that will address the medical needs of Filipino soldiers.

Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), author of House Resolution 2912, said the present unpleasant state of the Center does not provide a good atmosphere for patients or soldiers recuperating from combat wounds.

“The hospital is in a bad condition. It has poor lighting and ventilation, crowded wards and unpleasant restrooms,” Bataoil said.

Bataoil said the reimbursement of hospital expenses of soldiers and their dependents has reached a staggering amount of more than P60 million.

“The reimbursement suggests that soldiers have to shell out their own money for immediate treatment, hospitalization and medical care such that a soldier could be caught in a dreadful and merciless situation if one could not afford to advance the needed expenses,” Bataoil said.

Bataoil said the deplorable state of the AFP Medical Center’s facilities, infrastructure, medical equipment and supplies calls for crucial support and careful attention from the national government.

“There is necessity to set up and foster badly-needed programs for the benefit and medical needs of the men and women in uniform,” Bataoil said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center, known as the V. Luna General Hospital, was established in 1937 with a mission to provide quality tertiary health care services to AFP personnel, dependents and other authorized civilians.

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