In­creased bed ca­pac­ity of Baguio hos­pi­tal as­sured

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THE CHAIR­MAN of the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Health as­sured lo­cal of­fi­cials and res­i­dents that part of the bud­get of the na­tional gov­ern­ment next year will in­clude the in­crease in the bed ca­pac­ity of the staterun Baguio Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Med­i­cal Cen­ter (BGHMC)

This will en­sure the hos­pi­tal will be able to cater to the in­creas­ing num­ber of pa­tients from var­i­ous parts of North­ern Lu­zon seek­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion from the gov­ern­ment’s ter­tiary hos­pi­tal in the city.

Sen­a­tor Joseph Vic­tor Ejercito, Chair­man of the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Health, said he was ready to make the nec­es­sary rep­re­sen­ta­tions with Sen­a­tor Loren Le­garda, Chair­man of the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Fi­nance, to in­clude the re­quired bud­get for the in­crease in the bed ca­pac­ity of BGHMC from the cur­rent 500 bed ca­pac­ity to at least 800 start­ing next year.

Aside from the up­grad­ing of BGHMC, the law­maker claimed that one of the pri­or­i­ties of his com­mit­tee is to work on the con­tin­u­ous up­grad­ing of the var­i­ous ter­tiary, pri­mary and sec­ondary hos­pi­tals around the coun­try to help cas­cade to the grass­roots level the de­liv­ery of qual­ity ba­sic health ser­vices that will guar­an­tee the im­proved health con­di­tion of peo­ple in the coun­try­side.

Ejercito claimed the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Health is also work­ing on the im­prove­ment of the gov­ern­ment’s univer­sal health care pro­gram so that qual­ity health care will be pro­vided to Filipinos through the var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in the pro­vi­sion of health ben­e­fits, for their re­cov­ery from what­ever ill­nesses they have con­tracted.

“The im­prove­ment of our univer­sal health care pro­gram is a work in progress be­cause it will be the back­bone of our over­all health care pro­grams to be im­ple­mented for the ben­e­fit of the greater ma­jor­ity of our pop­u­lace, es­pe­cially those com­ing from the vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties,” Ejercito stressed.

The sen­a­tor claimed the gov­ern­ment can­not im­ple­ment the de­sired re­forms at once be­cause of the prob­lem with fi­nances. What is be­ing pri­or­i­tized are the key re­forms that will be ben­e­fi­cial to more peo­ple while other re­forms are now be­ing placed on the pipeline for fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tion

in what­ever funds will be avail­able to be al­lo­cated for such pur­poses.

Ejercito added there is a need to in­crease the bed ca­pac­ity of BGHMC be­cause it does not only cater to the health con­cerns of peo­ple from all walks of life from the dif­fer­ent parts of North­ern Lu­zon, con­sid­er­ing its sta­tus as the ma­jor hos­pi­tal north of Metro Manila.

The law­maker also ex­plained aside from in­creas­ing the BGHMC’s bed ca­pac­ity, the health depart­ment is also try­ing to work on the putting up of the needed fa­cil­i­ties to make the hos­pi­tal one of the best state-of-the-art hos­pi­tals out­side the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR) that is ca­pa­ble of at­tend­ing to the com­pli­cated health needs of the peo­ple.

Ejercito claimed that re­gional, pro­vin­cial and district hos­pi­tals all over the coun­try will be re­cip­i­ents of the needed up­grad­ing pro­grams from the health depart­ment which has al­ready been funded in next year’s bud­get. Peo­ple will be able to ob­serve a dras­tic im­prove­ment in the de­liv­ery of qual­ity health care ser­vices by the said gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals op­er­at­ing around the coun­try. Dex­ter See

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