Official urges CLMMRH to install window grills

May 3, 2022 by No Comments

AN OFFICIAL has urged the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City to install window grills from the building’s third to fifth floors to ensure the safety of the patients.Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., chairperson of the City Council committee on human rights, said Tuesday, May 3, that it is the second time already that their patients jumped to deaths from the fourth and fifth floor of the hospital building.”They should have preventive measures to avoid any untoward incidents within the hospital,” he said.On April 30, a male sexagenarian patient fell to his death from the fourth floor of the West Tower of the CLMMRH.The police said the victim, a laryngeal new growth patient, was suffering from depression and his family also refused a further investigation.In January, a male coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient also fell to his death from the fifth floor of the CLMMRH.Gamboa noted that in the previous years, the same incidents were also reported in other hospitals and they also installed window grills to ensure the safety of the patients.”It’s time for the CLMMRH to re-inspect their building and they should also improve their security measures inside the hospital,” he added.Psychologists said that suicide is not specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, but it could fall under other non-specified disorders.Website said to avoid suicidal tendencies, one should reach out to their loved ones or trusted friends, go somewhere safe and get rid of weapons, avoid alcohol and do something relaxing.There has been a stern warning from authorities that depression, if not properly managed, may lead to suicide.The Department of Health, for its part, has recognized the real threats brought by the pandemic to the mental health of the Filipinos.It has since issued some tips to maintain good mental health amid this global crisis.These include staying positive and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.People are also advised to give time for themselves to reflect, meditate and go back to the skills and resources which had previously helped them lessen their stress.The health agency said if there is a need to talk to mental health professionals, the National Center for Mental Health and Mind Matters Hotlines can be reached through 09178998727 and 09189424864, respectively.