Sunday, June 26, 2016

Shipment of medical equipment for Legazpi hospital from US to arrive next week
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- The shipment of the first four of six containers of medical equipment donated by the World Medical Relief Inc. (WMRI) based in Detroit, Michigan, USA is expected to arrive here anytime next week.

Mayor Noel E. Rosal on Friday said that Ambassador David Zarate, a US-based Filipino doctor, was impressed by the plan and design of the city hospital and vowed to have the equipment delivered to Legazpi City as soon as possible.

Zarate, his wife and other members of the WMRI inspected the area of the on-going construction of the health facility on June 20.

Rosal the city and its constituents are very lucky as the WMRI has chosen Legazpi City as one of the beneficiaries of medical equipment, which can save for the local coffer almost Php84 million.

The equipment include X-ray machine, CT scan, laboratory gadgets, dialysis machines, tables and other medical equipment to be used for the operation of the hospital.

There will also be medicines.

The project 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 Php20 million.

Its classification is level one hospital, which will have an operating room with standard equipment, sterilization, supplies and beds.

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

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

“We will initially put up 25-50 beds plus additional beds and other medical amenities to be donated by the US-based Filipinos,” he added.

Rosal 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.

It 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.

Upon completion of this project, the hospital can offer medical services to less serious cases, simple surgical operations and emergency treatment, among others.

The mayor 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 provinces.

Rosal said the city 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) PGL/FGS/EPS/CBD