Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, spokesperson of the Department of Health (DOH), rejected the allegation of several groups saying that the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, also known as the ‘baby factory’ will be soon closed.
The DOH official said that there have been no agreements regarding the approval of the abolishment of the maternity hospital on June 9, Thursday.
He added that he has no idea where the Save Fabella Movement and other groups acquired such erroneous information.
He also clarified that if in case the closure of the baby factory takes place, the health workers will be absorbed by other public hospitals for the meantime until the construction of the new Fabella hospital is done.
Several groups protested against the government because of the alleged abolishment.
Women’s group Gabriela said in a statement that the government shall offer more services for women, not lessen them.
“Sa halip na sarhan ang Fabella at ilipat ito, na magreresulta ng mas maliit na bilang ng mga buntis na matutulungan, dapat pa nga ay lumilikha ng ganitong mga serbisyo at pasilidad lalo na sa mga liblib na lugar upang mas matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga kababaihan sa reproductive health,” said Misty Lorin, Deputy Secretary General of Gabriela.
(Instead of closing and relocating Fabella which would result to a lesser number of pregnant women to be helped, what the government is supposed to do is to create services and facilities akin to Fabella especially in isolated areas to attend to the needs of women in connection with reproductive health.)
Youth group Anakbayan even named incumbent President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III as a “baby killer” for it is under his administration that the closure of the hospital is reported to happen.
“We denounce the eleventh hour wickedness of the Aquino administration that manifests in its move to close down the famed ‘paanakan ng bayan.’ With this move, we add another moniker to this inhumane president: he is a baby killer,” Einstein Recedes, Secretary General of Anakbayan, said.