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Clinics, standby medical teams inside Cebu City malls pushed

Thursday, March 17, 2016

CEBU, Philippines - Emergencies inside malls in Cebu City will be immediately attended to, if the proposed ordinance requiring all Cebu City malls to have clinics with a medical team on standby during regular operating hours will be approved.

City Councilor Alvin Dizon, the author of the proposed ordinance, said his proposal came after personally witnessing an incident wherein a senior citizen slipped on the floor inside a mall, which took at least 15 minutes for first aid to respond.

Dizon said even though other malls already have clinics in their establishments, this ordinance aims to “provide standards in the operation of clinics inside the malls.”

Section 6 of the ordinance states that clinics shall have various equipment such as a stretcher with an IV stand, one set oxygen tank, blood pressure apparatus, emergency or first aid kit, C-collar, long and short board, splints, medicines, at least five wheel chairs, automated external defibrillator and nebulizer.

Dizon said the mall management shall take responsibility in handling the patient before turning them over to the authorized medical responders or rescuers.

Dizon, however, said the malls will be given a six month moratorium from the date of the passage of the ordinance for them to comply with the requirements mandated by the said ordinance.

The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and the City Health Department will be the offi-ces tasked to monitor the effective implementation of the ordinance, if approved.

Section 12 of the proposed ordinance states that establishments that will violate the resolution will be imposed with a fine not exceeding P5,000 and the cancellation or revocation of its business permits.

Representatives of Ayala Center Cebu, Robinson’s malls in Cebu and the Elizabeth Mall attended the public hearing yesterday and expressed their support for the ordinance, but also raised a few questions, including on the possibility of imposing a small amount when responding to some emergencies. 

The management of Robinson’s Fuente and Robinson’s Cybergate also asked if their malls are still covered even though they are located near Chong Hua Hospital and Velez Hospital.

Dizon said they will carefully study the concerns of the managements and the manifestations will be incorporated in the final deliberation of the proposed ordinance. — (FREEMAN)