LEGAZPI CITY July 4 (PNA) -- Mayor Noel E. Rosal said the shipment of the first two of the six containers of medical equipment donated by the world Medical Relief Inc. (WMRI) based in Detriot, Michigan, USA has arrived already on Sunday here in Legazpi.
Rosal together with AKO Bicol Representative Christopher Co including some City councilors and Department Heads have presented already to the Tri-Media the newly arrived medical equipment at the compound of AKO Bicol District Office in Barangay Bogtong in this city.
Based on the listing distributed by Rosal to the media practitioners, the first containers is composed of Adult Ventilator, Vascular Ultra-Sound, Laboratory Equipment, Diathermy Machine with probes, Billi-Light Blanket with access and stand, Minor Surgery light, Non-Invasive Blood Pressure with pulse ox/tem, Suction Pump (Gomco), Emergency Gurney, Examination/ OB Table with stirrups, stools, Suction Pump with stand, office chairs, Wheel chairs, Hospital beds with head and foot board, I.V poles, walker and over the bed table.
While in the second container includes Aspirator, Baby Incubator, Oxygen concentrator, Autoclave, Eye Tonometer, EKG Machine, surgical Instruments, Ventilator Machine, Infant Warmer, Ambulance Cart Clinical Cabinet Laboratory Centrifuge, Colposcope, Patient Transfer Board, Emergency Gurney with pad, Minor Surgery Light, X-Ray Viewer, Suction Pump, Pallets O.R Masks (High Proficiency), Pallets Blood Pressure Cuffs-Only, Mayo Table, Patient Hoyer Lift with control system and Nebulizer.
The remaining four containers are expected to arrive next week here.
Rosal said the city administration 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 PHP100 million.
The project is being constructed through a counter-parting 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 and it will be free medical services to all the Phil-health card holders indigent patients.
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) BNB/EPS/CBD