MDH-Perimeter Flood Risk– A Challenge and Action Plan to Mitigate
Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MSc Surg
August 23, 2012
As a result of the evaluation of Code Water during the 2012 August Habagat Rain-Flood Emergency in Manila Doctors Hospital, there was a consensus among members of the MDH Safety Promotion and Disaster Preparedness Committee that the biggest challenge was how to mitigate the perimeter flood around MDH. By perimeter flood is meant the flood occurring along United Nations Avenue and TM Kalaw Street. To mitigate the MDH-perimeter flood was part of the action plans the Committee formulated during the evaluation.
Today, in the August 23, 2012 Executive Meeting, during the report of Dr. Hian Ho Kua on MDH’s Experience in the 2012 August Habagat Rain-Flood Emergency, I proposed to the group that even on a “best effort” basis, MDH should find a solution to mitigate the MDH perimeter flood. I emphasized that all the other weaknesses experienced and gaps identified in the report are relatively easy to remedy. What is crucial and challenging but need to be done if MDH wants to be known as a safe hospital, is to find a way on how to mitigate the MDH perimeter flood.
I elaborated on the MDH perimeter flood which I depicted in the diagram below (Note: I did this after the meeting just for the purpose of this report).
I am happy that Ms. Mary Ty supported my recommendation to make a technical study of the situation as a minimum best effort on MDH’s part.
She recommended that we ask a private entity to make the technical study. After the study, we decide whether there is something we can do with the help of the Department of Public Work to mitigate the MDH-perimeter flood risk.
This more definite action plan on the technical study has been endorsed to Dr. Hian Ho Kua. I pray and hope there will be a concrete output on this action plan.
Thank you to Ms. Mary Ty and to the members of the MDH Executive Committee.