The Bantayan District Hospital will be upgraded by the Capitol into a level one health care facility. The upgrading means the hospital can perform major surgery operations like appendectomy, caesarian, among others.
It is currently a primary care hospital only.
“Dako gyud ni kaayog ikatabang kung ilabina bati ang panahon maglisud ug tabok ang mga pasyente sa mainland,” said James Nicolas Najarro, chief of hospital, Bantayan District Hospital.
The hospital already has an operating room. Najarro requested for equipment like anesthesia machine, heavy-duty suction machine and operating room light.
Najarro added that they also need four (4) medical specialists including an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Pediatrician, Internist, and a surgeon. Right now, the hospital has only two doctors, including Najarro.
Provincial Health Office Chief Dr. Cynthia Genosolango said the Bantayan District Hospital was one of the hospitals prioritized for upgrading.
“Hopefully next month everything will be in place,” said Genosolango.
Earlier, Governor Hilario P. Davide III vowed to address the understaffing of its hospitals. This month, the Capitol is hiring medical specialists and officers for all its 16 hospitals. The list of vacant positions has been posted at the Capitol building.
Genosolango said one doctor already signified his intention to be assigned in Bantayan.
Davide, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, and Provincial Board Member Celestino “Tining” Martinez III inspected the Bantayan District Hospital last week.
Genosolango said the governor was nevertheless happy with the good condition of the hospital despite its deficiencies.