After discussing the findings of our visit with Doc Mae we went to visit Dr Go at his private practice. The Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital in Cagayan de Oro treats paying patients in a new, spacious, well-equipped building. The cancer unit, which treats adults as well as children, has a decorated ward with an attached play area. It contrasts starkly with the facilities at the public hospital, NMMC.
Play area in the Cancer Center at Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital, Cagayan de Oro
Afterwards we visited House of Joy, a non-profit Child Care Institution for girls aged 5-18. The house looks after 29 girls who have been abandoned, neglected and physically abused. The children are supported educationally and psychologically in a loving environment, with the aim of integrating them back into their families and communities.
House of Joy, a home for girls in Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro does not have a House of Hope for children with cancer and their families. Doc Mae spoke with Sister Patricia, the nun and nurse who runs the centre, about using a space at House of Joy as a transient home for such patients. Patricia was positive about this idea; there is a suitable home within the grounds.