DARAGA, Albay, July 12 (PNA) – The Department of Health in the Bicol Region (DOH-5) has allocated PHP25 million for the construction of an infirmary hospital in this municipality that is expected to be completed in three years.
Mayor Gerry Jaucian said the infirmary hospital, which will be built at the Dona Maria Subdivision in Barangay Tagas, will serve a population of over 125,000 in Daraga and its neighboring towns.
“It will also help the municipality improve its health services and generate income as soon as we start the operation,” he said.
Jaucian said the construction of the infirmary is part of the preparations so Daraga, a first class municipality, could become a city.
“We need to establish our own hospital not only for the cityhood (process) but also to help decongest the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) serving the whole Bicol region,” he said.
Jaucian said the project is included in the list of priorities of Congressman Joey Salceda (Albay-2nd District) to prepare Daraga for cityhood. The province of Albay currently has three cities: Legazpi, Ligao and Tabaco and 15 municipalities.
“We are very much optimistic that we will complete the project within three years,” he said.
The mayor said site development plan has been completed and other requirements are ready for submission to the DOH-5 office.
Aside from the infirmary hospital, the mayor said that two lying-in hospitals will become fully operational before the year ends.
The two lying-in hospitals, one in the municipal health office and another in Barangay Anislag, will cater not only to the residents of Daraga but also to those of adjacent Sorsogon province.
Once operational, the two lying-in facilities are expected to generate an income of PHP10 million annually.
Jaucian said the municipality expects to achieve “zero maternal and neonatal mortality” (zero deaths for both mother and child in the womb) in Daraga with the establishment of the lying-in hospitals.
He said all DOH requirements on the license to operate of a lying-in have been prepared while the site is ready for inspection.
Jaucian added the lying-in facilities will not only be provided with equipment and supplies but will also be manned by health personnel round-the-clock and seven days a week under the supervision of the local government of Daraga.
He urged the municipal health office to also strengthen its services for cases of tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus or HIV that causes HIV infection and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS, and adolescent reproductive health. (PNA) SCS/GVR/MDR/CBD