|January 22, 1998|
Rx: Diagnosing the Infirmary|
Misha D. Pallorina
Stepping into a hospital makes one feel so sterile.
Stepping into the University Health Service (UHS), however, is another story altogether. There seems to be no difference between the street's polluted air and the Infirmary's general milieu. Worn furniture, murky fluorescents, stained walls.
Founded by the Board of Regents (BOR) way back in 1929, the UHS was first housed on Florida Street. It eventually transferred to Padre Faura in 1933. After surviving the World War II, the UHS was relocated to Diliman, Quezon City in 1949. The building we now frequently pass sitting just across the UP Chapel and beside the Shopping Center was erected in 1957. The Virginia Llamas Romula Pavilion, an annex for more rooms, was then added in 1971.
In 1973, President Lopez believed that "the University community is entitled to the best health care available," and envisioned the UHS as the fulfillment of this demand. Whether or not the Infirmary has answered the UP community's call for the "best health care," what is certain is that the Infirmary has met the need for the most economical medical service.