City to build in­fir­maries in Tablon, Lumbia

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

The City Coun­cil on Mon­day ap­proved the con­struc­tion of health fa­cil­i­ties in the vil­lages of Tablon and Lumbia worth some P50 mil­lion.

City Mayor Os­car Moreno pro­posed for the es­tab­lish­ment of the two in­fir­maries which he said will “im­prove the health care de­liv­ery sys­tem of the city.”

Ma. Lour­des Gaane, chair of the city coun­cil com­mit­tee on health and san­i­ta­tion, said the con­struc­tion

will start within the year af­ter the City En­gi­neer­ing’s Of­fice fi­nal­izes the plan and de­sign of the in­fir­maries.

“Dili man pwede na basta lang ta mag­tukod ug build­ing diha, this should be in ac­cor­dance sa stan­dards sa De­part­ment of Health para ma-ap­prove pud ug ma­su­por­ta­han nila atong op­er­a­tions,” she said.

Gaane said each in­fir­mary will have 25 beds for the pa­tients.

Gaane said the con­struc­tion of these fa­cil­i­ties will help ad­dress the con­ges­tion of two hos­pi­tals in the city, such as the JR Borja Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, and the North­ern Min­danao Med­i­cal Cen­ter (NMMC).

“This is a big step for the city gov­ern­ment to help our con­gested health fa­cil­i­ties in the city,” she said.

“Mayor Moreno pro­posed this kay ang uban for in­stance, naay ac­ci­dent didto dapit sa Tablon or Bugo ba kaha, layo na­man kaayo na ida­gan pa nimo sa city hos­pi­tal or NMMC, so para madali ang travel time, pwede maad­mit for the mean­time sa in­fir­maries for first aid treat­ment,” she said.

“Ang ato lang tar­get is para lang macater lang level 1 cases, like ang mga wounded, para naay im­me­di­ate treat­ment, and they do not need to go to the main hos­pi­tals in the city any­more,” Gaane added.

Aside from build­ing new health fa­cil­i­ties, the city gov­ern­ment is also ex­pand­ing the city hos­pi­tal. The city gov­ern­ment has started the de­mo­li­tion of the old en­trance of the city hos­pi­tal.

A North Wing Build­ing will soon rise at the site of the hos­pi­tal’s old en­trance. The new build­ing will cost about P70.5 mil­lion, un­der the Health Fa­cil­ity En­hance­ment Pro­gram (HFEP) of the De­part­ment of Health.

The new 3-storey build­ing will house the hos­pi­tal’s busi­ness of­fice, of­fices of the hos­pi­tal’s dif­fer­ent de­part­ments, and a modern out-pa­tient de­part­ment.

The im­prove­ment of health fa­cil­i­ties of the city is one of the pri­or­ity pro­grams of the city gov­ern­ment which en­vi­sions Ca­gayan de Oro as be­com­ing the ‘Me­dial Cen­ter of Choice’ in the whole North­ern Min­danao re­gion.

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