P1 bil­lion for ONA, Bryan Nepo vows

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REYNALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

AN­GE­LES CITY – A week af­ter he bared plan to spend P1 bil­lion to the City Col­lege of An­ge­les (CCA), Vice Mayor Bryan Ne­po­mu­ceno said he will in­vest an­other P1 bil­lion for the Ospi­tal Ning An­ge­les (ONA) hos­pi­tal if he wins in the may­oralty race.

Shun­ning neg­a­tive cam­paign­ing, the Par­tido Abe Ka­pam­pan­gan’s of­fi­cial may­oralty can­di­date said he will con­tinue on his pos­i­tive mes­sages in con­vinc­ing vot­ers.

This as he pledged to spend at least P1 bil­lion within the next three years for the im­prove­ment and op­er­a­tion of Ospi­tal Ning An­ge­les (ONA) and other health ser­vices for the poor if he will be given a chance to serve as lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“We know that qual­ity health care and hos­pi­tal­iza­tion is fore­most con­cern of our peo­ple es­pe­cially the poor. This is why un­der our next ad­min­is­tra­tion, we will spend no less than Php1 bil­lion for the im­prove­ment and op­er­a­tion of ONA and other health ser­vices for the poor,” Ne­po­mu­ceno sai d.

Re­it­er­at­ing his pri­or­ity plat­form of gov­er­nance he re­cently bared dur­ing a fo­rum among may­orables or­ga­nized by the Ro­tary of An­ge­les Ku­liat, Ne­po­mu­ceno said fresh funds will be spent for a new hos­pi­tal build­ing, ad­di­tional doc­tors and nurses, am­bu­lance and other equip­ment, and medicines and med­i­cal sup­plies.

“Hope­fully, with all these im­prove­ments, ONA will fi­nally be cat­e­go­rized as a Level 3 Hos­pi­tal by the De­part­ment of Health so that pa­tients who need spe­cial­ized care and treat­ment don’t have to be re­ferred to the JBL re­gional pub­lic hos­pi­tal,” Ne­po­mu­ceno said.

Ral­ly­ing sup­port be­hind his plat­form “Abe-Abe, Saup-Saup Para King Bayung Lakan­balen An­geleño,” Ne­po­mu­ceno wants to trans­form ONA from a Level 2 to a Level 3 pub­lic hos­pi­tal.

Based on DOH Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der No. 20120012 or the Rules and Reg­u­la­tions Gov­ern­ing the New Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Hospi­tals and other Health Fa­cil­i­ties in the Philip­pines, a Level 3 hos­pi­tal must have the fol­low­ing: ac­cred­ited res­i­dency train­ing pro­gram in the four ma­jor clin­i­cal ser­vices, Phys­i­cal Medicine and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Unit, Am­bu­la­tory Sur­gi­cal Unit, Dial­y­sis Clinic, Ter­tial Lab­o­ra­tory with Histopathol­ogy, Blood Bank, and 3rd Level X-ray equip­ment.

Ne­po­mu­ceno said that from 2010 to 2018, the city has al­ready spent some Php1.215 bil­lion for ONA where 95,421 pa­tients were ad­mit­ted for treat­ment, an ad­di­tional 73,675 peo­ple treated in its Out-Pa­tient De­part­ment, and an­other 59,678 dial­y­sis pa­tients at its Re­nal Care Unit— a legacy project of in­cum­bent Mayor Edgardo Pam­intuan.

The may­oralty can­di­date and his run­ning­mate for vice mayor, city coun­cilor Edu Pam­intuan, both pledged to also pri­or­i­tize fol­low­ing:

Ne­po­mu­ceno cited the es­tab­lish­ment of a Satel­lite Treat­ment Cen­ter for Multi-Drug Re­sis­tant TB Pa­tients for pa­tients un­der­go­ing nine to twelve months of treat­ment not to travel to JBL re­gional hos­pi­tal in the City of San Fer­nando;

He also men­tioned the con­struc­tion of new and big­ger Bal­ibago Health Cen­ter that will pass PhilHealth-ac­cred­i­ta­tion for the pro­vi­sion of Ma­ter­nity Care Pack­age for moth­ers and newly-born babi es.

Ne­po­mu­ceno is also eye­ing for the cre­ation of a City Epi­demi­ol­ogy and Sur­veil­lance Unit (CESU) for the ef­fec­tive pre­ven­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of the out­break of highly con­ta­gious dis­eases and help the city in plan­ning and im­ple­ment­ing pub­lic health pro­grams.

He vowed to work for ad­di­tional doc­tors, nurses, med­i­cal tech­nol­o­gists, phar­ma­cists, health ed­u­ca­tors and data en­coders, psy­chi­a­trists, and oth­ers for im­proved health ser­vices in the city in­clud­ing at the Bale An­geleño HIV Satel­lite Treat­ment Hub and for the MediKalinga pro­gram.

-Chris Navarro

NEW PNOC DI­REC­TOR. De­part­ment of En­ergy Sec­re­tary Al­fonso Cruz Cusi ( Right) ad­min­is­ters the oath of of­fice of newly ap­pointed PNOC Re­new­ables Cor­po­ra­tion Board of Di­rec­tor Al­bert P. Dela Cruz. Also in photo is Dela Cruz’s bet­ter half Nanette.

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