The Cebu Provincial Government sees the need to address the overcrowding of patients in old hospital buildings which may no longer be conducive for their recuperation, as well as the need to upgrade its facilities, hence; the construction of new buildings and renovation of the old hospital buildings.
To help achieve his health agenda, Governor Hilario P. Davide III is closely collaborating with the Department of Health (DOH) on programs for improvement in the delivery of basic and other essential health services, upgrading of hospital infrastructures and facilities and develop province-wide health systems.
Under construction is a new two-storey building which will soon rise inside the Barili District Hospital compound, part of the town’s long-time dream to better serve the medical needs of its constituents and its neighbouring towns.
The new 60-bed capacity building is for patients’ wards, private and semi-private rooms, surgery and obstetrics, out-patient department, and additional offices for hospital staff.
Adjacent to the old two-storey hospital, the on-going construction is more than 86 percent to completion and is currently on its architectural, plumbing and electrical phase.
The construction of the building, including the facilities and some equipment is funded by the Department of Health (DOH) under the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) at the cost of Php 13-million.
The renovation of the existing 30-bed capacity of the old hospital will follow immediately once the new building will be functional.
The provincial government also set aside one brand new ambulance for the hospital to be given at the end of the year.
The district hospital’s new Comprehensive Emergency and Newborn Care (CEmONC) building is now open to serve the public except for the operating room. It is waiting for the upgrading of its power to three-phase from a single-phase supply.
DOH allocated Php 4.9-Million for the CEMONC building.
Engr. Hector Jamora explained that the design is ready and they are waiting for DOH and the project will be executed by the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“We have laid the plans and it’s all ready and we have just finished the bidding phase for power,” Jamora said.
Hospital operations head Dr. Jose de Leon Jr. is thankful to the present administration for making health an urgent priority.
Capitol Administrator Atty. Mark Tolentino, Provincial Social Welfare Development Office Head Rocelyn Zosa and Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera personally made rounds in southern Cebu last week to inspect Capitol’s on-going and completed infra projects. (Heart Rizarri)