Capitol to improve hospital staffing

The Capitol plans to staff each of its hospitals with medical specialists, who will have permanent positions. The plan also includes acquiring equipment and structural improvement as Governor Hilario P. Davide III vowed to improve hospital services.

Gov. Davide, together with OIC Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Chief Dr. Cynthia Genosolango went to Pangasinan last week to observe how the provincial government run their hospitals. Provincial Board Member Peter John Calderon, who chairs the committee on health, was also part of the trip.

Out of 14 province-ran hospitals, the group visited three: one provincial hospital, one general hospital, and another hospital equivalent to Cebu’s district hospital.

The provincial hospital they visited is a level two hospital and International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-certified. It has 53 doctors. Their 50-bed general hospital, on the other hand, has 23 doctors. Most of them are permanent employees of the provincial government.

Apart from providing better services, these hospitals can cater different health problems of their patients like surgical cases/high risk pregnancies.

Davide said, for now, his aim is to take the province’s primary care level hospitals into level one. Level one means the health facility has surgical capability.

He also dreams of one hospital to be an ISO-certified. “That should be our goal also,” he said.

Genosolango said the priority of the province now is staffing as the Department of Health (DOH) pledged to help provide equipment and structural improvement through its health facilitation enhancement program.

Cebu’s 16 district hospitals would have at least two permanent medical specialists aside from the chief of hospital, Genosolango added.

The provincial hospitals will be provided with at least four medical specialists: obstetrician, pediatrician, internist, and obstetrician/gynecologist and/or surgeon.

Currently, the district hospitals are undermanned. It’s staff are mostly job order employees following the termination of outsourcing of hospital personnel last December.

The governor is set to meet with DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas next week for planning and assessment of the facilities.