By Stacy Ang
MANILA — Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced here on Sunday that the city-run Sta. Ana Hospital headed by its director Dr. Grace Padilla, located in the sixth district of Manila, was recognized as one of the top awardees of the “Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan” in line with the consistent, efficient medical services being given by its officers, doctors and frontline staff amid the pandemic.
Domagoso expressed gratitude to Padilla and all the medical front-liners for earning the recognition, even as he also thanked the award-giving body composed of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), together with the Association of Allied Health Organizations of the Nation (AAHON) and the Health Educationalist, Advocates and Leaders Philippines (HEAL Phils).
It was learned that apart from making it to the ‘top ten’ awardees, the “Manila COVID Warriors” team of the Sta. Ana Hospital was also given due recognition and the said hospital even additionally received P50,000 cash prize.
Domagoso cited Padilla and all those involved in the operations of Sta. Ana Hospital for their dedication to duty and assured that the city government, specially he and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna Pangan, will continue providing full support to all the six hospitals being run by the city. The city hospitals fall under the supervision of Lacuna, herself a doctor.
This, he said, will be done through the continuous upgrade toward modern and high quality medical equipment, facilities and medicines while the health and safety of the patients and medical workers remain as the primary concern.
The Sta. Ana Hospital houses the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center (MIDCC) which was inaugurated by Moreno and Lacuna last year, way before the pandemic began. As such, it eventually served as Manila’s COVID-19 center and now even operates its own COVID test laboratories, apart from continuously providing free RT-PCR or swab tests.
The ‘Gawad Bayaning Kalusugan’ pays tribute to those in the frontlines of health care and case management of patients with COVID-19 in the Philippine Hospitals. It celebrates the individual and team stories of heroism and the hallmark service excellence offered by the individual front-liners during the times of the pandemic.
The award has two categories, namely the individual awards and team awards with nominees coming from all over the country clustered in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region, and across the COVID-19 admitting levels 1, 2 and 3 hospital categories. (AI/FC/MTVN)