Capitol proposes P4-B for hospital upgrading

September 28, 2009 11:13 pm 

BACOLOD CITY, Sept 29 – The provincial government here is proposing a P4-billion budget for its five-year Provincial Investment Plan for Health (PIPH) which it presented to the Department of Health (DOH) in Manila.

Under the PIPH, the fund will be used for renovation, upgrading and purchase of hospital equipment and facilities.

Lawyer Japhet Masculino of the Economic Enterprise Development Department said that the province’s 10 district hospitals are experiencing a shortage in hospital beds reaching up to 1, 000.

He stressed the need to fast track efforts to efficiently serve Negrenses as at present district hospital beds do not meet the ideal ratio of one bed for a thousand population.

To date, though, the provincial government can only afford P2-billion of the needed budget.

While the plan is still on a blue print status, Masculino said, the provincial administration has been focusing on the curative and preventive measures.

Under preventive approach, renovation of district hospitals became the target of the province while on curative, rural health units and barangay health stations will be converted to birthing centers that will cater normal deliveries.

Such will decongest hospital admissions and will lessen patient overload.

Meanwhile, two hospitals will soon rise in Murcia town as proposed by the local government there and in Sipalay City by a group of foreigners who were married to residents of the city.

On the other hand, the Sagay District Hospital in northern Negros Occidental will also transfer to its new site, Masculino said.

He said that the conversion of the old city hall into a hospital has been proposed. (PNA)

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