In Eastern Samar
TACLOBAN CITY- A hospital staff previously assigned at the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital (ESPH) expressed her worry that the patients of the said provincial government-maintained health facility may not be getting their correct dietary requirements.
Irma Dolot, who was among the health personnel transferred by Governor Ferdinand Marcelo Picardal to other health centers in the province last month on the ground of ‘exigency of public service,’ disclosed this.
Dolot, who was detailed at the Taft District Hospital, said that while she obeyed the order of Gov. Picardal, she could not help but express her worry on the impact of her transfer.
She claimed that she is the only registered nutritionist-dietitian of the ESPH as the hospital has no full-time nutritionist-dietitian.
Dolot said that there are only five regular employees and four contractual workers who were tasked to handle the nutrition and diet requirements of the hospital’s patients.
“Those running the ESPH dietary kitchen and implementing doctors’ orders on the proper balanced diet do not know how to read the doctors’ prescribed food in the diet charts. They also do not know the transitions of diet,” she said.
“I am afraid that they are serving the same food for all the patients without considering diet requirements or restrictions for each patient. Isn’t this dangerous to the health of patients, not to mention anomalous,” Dolot added.
ESPH is a 100-bed capacity being managed by the provincial government.
Dolot also said that the considering that ESPH is a second- level health facility, it is mandated to have a regular nutritionist-dietitian. (JOEY A. GABIETA)