iso award  

The Mindanao Central Sanitarium and General Hospital team headed by Dr. Domingo Remus A. Dayrit M.D. along with Mr. Benito B. Aclo Jr., Dr. Sandy F. Macrohon, Aristides C. Tan M.D., Joshier P. Alfaro and Mr. Aldwin D. Malinao attended the ISO Ceremony that was held in Dumaguete Convention Center, DUmaguete City during the 1st National Staff Meeting 2016 on October 20, 2016.  The award was given after the hospital recieved the ISO certification on August 22, 2015.







Historical Events and Mandates:

The Sanitaria in the Philippines were established in support of the objectives of controlling leprosy in the archipelago, of protecting the healthy population from the dreaded menace of society during the time when it was considered a highly communicable disease, when stigma was so high and no medicine for cure was available. The existence of sanitaria was further strengthened and given mandate under the Segregation Law (Act 1117), promulgated in 1907, which compulsorily segregated and isolated leprosy patients in Culion Leper Colony in 1906 (Palawan), then in regional treatment centers in Cebu (Eversely Childs Sanitarium), Bicol (Bicol Sanitarium), and Central Luzon (Tala Sanitarium, now Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital).
      The Sanitarium has been the second home for thousands of leprosy patients and their families, and for many, their final destination. The sanitarium has been the initial testing ground for treatment using chaulmougra oil derivatives like ethyl ester with iodine (Mercado mixture), but it is the caring, the segregation/isolation, and finding a place away from discrimination and stigma, that made the sanitarium or “leper colony” more noted and known for the Mindanao Central sanitarium (MCS), formerly Zamboanga Leprosarium, was created pursuant to E.O. 392 dated 1930.  Serving as a screening, diagnostic, and treatment center for domiciliary leprosy patients with intercurrent disease and complications, MCS also served as an institution for leprosy patients requiring hospitalization and rehabilitation.

Mindanao Central Sanitarium a DOH-retained hospital with an authorized bed capacity of 450 beds. However, due to budgetary constraints and the dual role of providing both custodial care to Hansenites and general medical care services to the general population, the actual implementing beds is 240 beds, that is, 215 beds for custodial care and 25 beds for general health care services. Under the Sanitaria Conversion Plan (D.O. No. 375-5 dated July 26, 1994), the MCS will be implementing 275 beds, that is, 225 beds for custodial care and 50 beds for general services with secondary capabilities.It is located along the East Coast of Zamboanga City, some 12 kilometers from the city proper, and about 400 meters north to the Maria Clara Lobregat National Highway, in a 23-hectar, titled lot in barangay Pasobolong, Mercedes District.
As a Sanitarium, its catchment is the whole Mindanao area. Likewise, this is the area of responsibility of the Traveling Skin Clinic.
As a general hospital, the catchment area and population Under the Sanitarium Conversion Plan, however, the catchment area of MCS, as a Leprosarium, is the entire Mindanao area, while as a general hospital with secondary capabilities, the areas along the East Coast of Zamboanga City