Provincial hosp in Danao opens first operating rooms

Last Tuesday marked a historic event for Danaoanons as Cebu Provincial Hospital (CPH) in Danao City unveiled its very first operating rooms.

With two operating rooms, CPH-Danao can already conduct two – three surgical operations in a day.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III said that this is “just the beginning and partial fulfillment” of what has been promised to the Cebuanos during the electoral campaign.

He believes that “a healthy citizenry makes a healthy province.”

Upgrading health facilities is one of the priority projects of the Davide administration.

Just this year, ten Capitol-ran hospitals were upgraded from Primary Healthcare Facility to a Level One facility.

On its first day, ten operations were already scheduled to be done in CPH-Danao: one breast mass, one modular goiter, two inguinal hernias, one hernia, inguinal reducible, one rectal carcinoma, one multiple cholelithiasis, one cholelithiasis, and two colloidal goiter.

CPH-Danao has new medical machines such as sterilizers, surgical lights, anesthesia machine and suction machines, said Erwin Joseph Taneo, CPH-Danao’s operating room nurse.

He added that more operating room equipment is needed such as cautery machine, another anesthesia machine, defibrillator and air conditioning units for the recovery room.

“We have cautery machine borrowed from provincial hospital in Bogo and a defibrillator borrowed from Sogod.  Our old anesthesia machine already has leaks and the recovery room only has electric fans,” said Taneo

Provincial Board Member and Health Committee Chairman Peter John Calderon said that the Province is aiming to acquire new equipment next year particularly a dialysis machine and a digitalized x-ray machine.

Davide also announced that more medical officers and personnel will be hired to man Cebu’s district and provincial hospitals.

CPH-Danao has four consultants coming in every first Saturday of the month. They are consultants on general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine and cardiology, and anesthesiology.

Hospital Chief Dr. Prudencio Manubag explained that consultants’ surgeries and consultations are scheduled because they also cover Camotes, Pinamungajan and Balamban district hospitals.

However, he assured that the consultants are on-call especially during emergency situations.

CPH-Danao is a 25-bed health facility as of now due to pending construction of the rest of the proposed 100-bed capacity hospital.