City dad eyes con­struc­tion of health­care cen­ters

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BA­COLOD City Coun­cilor Al Vic­tor Espino is now plan­ning to pro­pose the con­struc­tion of pri­mary health­care cen­ters in the city.

Espino, chair­per­son of the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee on ways and means, said yesterday that the pri­mary hospital in Ba­colod, which is the Co­ra­zon Loc­sin Mon­telibano Me­mo­rial Re­gional Hospital, is al­ready con­gested.

He said the CLMMRH caters pa­tients in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal and 60 per­cent of its pa­tients are from Ba­colod City.

“So we need to ad­dress that by cre­at­ing pri­mary health­care cen­ters in the barangays,” he added.

Espino noted that they are now con­duct­ing a study to ma­te­ri­al­ize the pro­gram.

“Based on our study, we cannot af­ford to have our own hospital but we can def­i­nitely af­ford this pri­mary health cen­ters cater­ing to dis­eases that are preva­lent in the barangays such as fever and di­ar­rhea among oth­ers or the ba­sic dis­eases that are not needed to be rushed to the CLMMRH,” Espino said.

He said it will not only be ben­e­fi­cial to Ba­colod City but to the en­tire prov­ince of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

“We are think­ing of putting up in­fir­maries in the pri­mary health­care cen­ters that will have 15 to 20 beds with com­plete staff and fa­cil­i­ties,” he added.

Espino also asked the as­sis­tance of Con­gress­man Greg Gasa­taya for the con­struc­tion of the said project.

Espino said he will pass an or­di­nance to ma­te­ri­al­ize the pro­gram in Au­gust, and the first pri­mary health­care cen­ter will be built in Barangay Vil­la­m­onte.

Aside from Barangay Vil­la­m­onte, he said that they will also build two more pri­mary health­care cen­ters in two barangays.

He added that this pro­gram will be funded by the City Gov­ern­ment.

Espino dis­closed that this is one of his prom­ises dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign in May to bring health ser­vices to the peo­ple of Ba­colod./map

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AL VIC­TOR ESPINO

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