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Capitol distributes equipment to hospitals in west  

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

In an effort to get the level 1 status back, the Capitol supplied medical equipment to four hospitals in the west.

Vice Governor Agnes Magpale led the distribution of the equipment to district hospitals in Barili, Pinamungajan and Tuburan, and in Cebu Provincial Hospital-Balamban.

“We are doing everything we can to sustain the operation of the hospitals,” said Magpale to the employees in the Provincial Hospital last June 26.

Governor Hilario Davide III prioritizes health in his administration. He aimed to upgrade all hospitals from primary health care into at the least level 1 health facilities.

Provincial Board (PB) Member Grecilda “Gigi” Sanchez, who facilitated the equipment to be distributed in the third district, also accompanied the distribution.

Rotary Club of Cebu-Fuente President Jo-al Abad and past president Dave Karamihan were also in attendance.

The medical apparatus was donated by Rotary Club World through the initiative of Filipino-Canadian Edwin Empinado, a municipal councilor in British Columbia.

A native of Cebu City, Empinado, with wife and daughter, was also present during the activity. The Empinado family paid USD 7,000 for the shipping cost.

The Rotary Club of Cebu-Fuente paid Php 100,000 customs duties to get the 40-footer van shipment, which includes equipment for ultrasound, cataract, and mechanical ventilator

He said he was happy that the equipment is found serviceable to the hospitals, especially when the provincial hospital is due to open its operating room (OR).

Along with other requirements, the OR of the province-ran hospitals have been restructured in compliance with the standard of the Department of Health.

Dr. Olivia Dandan, Chief of Hospital of Cebu Provincial Hospital-Balamban, said they will try to finish all the installations, such the air condition units and OR lighting, this month.

She added the functional OR will upgrade the hospital into level 1 category.

However, despite having medical consultants, she said they still need a resident surgeon to conduct the operation.