About the National Children's Hospital
The National Children's Hospital (NCH) is a children hospital located in Quezon City, Manila. The NCH is partly funded by the government and to a large extent funded through donations.
In the Philippines, not everyone has a health insurance. Besides, many costs are not covered within this insurance. Subsequently, many health costs must be paid by the people themselves. Many families can not afford this.
Most children treated at the NCH are children whose parents have less or no money for their medical expenses. The National Children's Hospital is founded to make sure that the poor children can get the care they need.
Renovation of the NCH
The hospital has space to accommodate approximately 200 children per day. Because Quezon City has a population of more than 3 million people, the hospital is often overcrowded. The rooms are full, small, hot, not very hygienic and the equipment is old or not even present. A positive thing is that a new hospital is being built behind the existing building.
Meanwhile a number of levels of the new building are finished and some new products are already purchased. However, there is not yet enough money to complete the renovation. They are waiting for donations from individuals, organizations and government. Every time they receive some money it is going to the construction of the new hospital, equipment or the care of the patients.
Blog National Children's Hospital:
"A supervisor showed us the small and crowded rooms where children lie with different diseases, from leukemia to chronic diseases and disorders. In most of the rooms it was hot because there was no airconditioning. It was heartbreaking to see a lot of them suffering..."