Tuesday, May 24, 2016

US-based Filipinos vow to help Legazpi City hospital
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, May 19 (PNA) -- The Filipino community based in Detroit, Michigan in the United States has pledged to donate hospital beds and other medical equipment to be used for the operation of the Legazpi City hospital, Mayor Noel E. Rosal said in a text message on Thursday.

Rosal, who is in an official business in the US, said the group of US-based Filipinos explained to him in a meeting over the weekend the proper way of handling a government hospital to make sure it will give more effective medical services to the people, particularly those who belong to the poorest of the poor families.

The city hospital is located in a 3,000-square-meter lot owned by the city government inside the eight-hectare central business district at the heart of the city at Barangay Bitano.

The hospital is being constructed through a counterparting agreement between the Department of Health, which poured in Php60 million, and the local government unit of Legazpi City, which gave a share of Php 20 million.

Rosal said the civil works of the project are now having final touches and expected to have a soft opening for its operation this coming July.

The medical facility will have an initial OF 25-50 beds plus additional beds and other medical amenities to be donated by the US-based Filipinos, mostly Bicolanos.

He described the project as a state-of-the-art public hospital which will be one of the most modern public health facilities in the entire Bicol and will be manned by professional doctors, nurses, midwives and other medical personnel who will render health care services to the city’s indigent patients and those of neighboring municipalities.

The city hospital will have medical equipment that include dialysis that can be availed at lower charges.

It can also offer medical services to less serious cases, simple surgical operations and emergency treatment, among others, Rosal said.

Upon completion of the project, he said, the operation of this health facility would decongest the highly congested Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital that presently caters to the medical needs of patients from the entire province of Albay and neighboring localities.

Rosal said the city administration will shoulder the yearly operational expenses of the hospital that require at least Php50 million for salaries and wages of medical practitioners who will manage the hospital operation. (PNA) RMA/FGS/EPS/CBD/eds