Governor Hilario P. Davide III swore in two medical chiefs to higher posts.
Dr. Margarita Lambo is now the chief of MJ Cuenco Memorial Hospital in the town of Malabuyoc in the southern part of Cebu.
Dr. Evelyn Familgan, currently the officer-in-charge (OIC) of Balamban Provincial Hospital was promoted as the Capitol’s Rural Health Physician.
Gov. Davide said more medical personnel will be hired by the Capitol as part of his plan to upgrade the health facilities in the province.
The province is still looking for a chief of Balamban hospital. Familgan might continue to serve as OIC of the facility. Previously, she also served as OIC of Carcar City Provincial Hospital.
For Lambo, she said she hoped that her hospital would be upgraded to a level one heath facility in a year or two under her watch.
The 25-bed Malabuyoc hospital already has five doctors but its improvement may take some time as their new building is still under construction.
“We already have a set of personnel. But we cannot expand anymore with our building because we are located by the sea. Hopefully, our new two-story building will be completed soon,” she said.
Lambo informed that their new building is funded by the Department of Health. It is estimated to cost Php 100 million.
She said their ultimate goal is to decongest the government hospitals in Cebu City by providing level one health care services in the southern most part of Cebu.
In a level one health facility, the clinical services offered include general medicine, general pediatrics, general obstetrics and non-surgical gynecology, minor surgery, and emergency and outpatient service.
Davide also approved the transfer of former Oslob District Hospital Chief Dr. Rebecca Opsima to Barili District Hospital.
Opsima served as an OIC of Barili District Hospital since 2007 when the past administration swapped the hospital chiefs of Oslob and Barili hospitals.
She thought her transfer to Barili would be temporary so she does not mind changing her designation into a full pledged chief of hospital.
Besides, she said the application for transfer is the same with applying for a promotion, which means she would still undergo a rigorous procedure.
Last July, Davide also hired 14 doctors to man the district and provincial hospitals in the province.
Integrated Provincial Health Office Chief Dr. Cynthia Genesolango said they are satisfied with their recent hires.
“It is a good news to tell that we are getting better doctors. They are technically capable. This, aside from our medical specialists,” she said.
The current administration also fulfilled its promise to eliminate underperforming medical personnel by scrapping its practice of outsourcing doctors and nurses.
The outsourcing was blamed to be the cause of disastrous hospital services in the countryside due to the delay of the personnel’s salaries.
Genesolango said their doctors and nurses in the 16 Capitol-run hospitals are already hired as either regular or job order employees of the Cebu Provincial Government.