Construction of QC General Hospital building 70% complete

October 27, 2009 11:13 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 28 — The construction of the proposed Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) in Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 8 is already 70 percent complete.

QCGH planning officer Dr. Josephine Sabando told the Philippines News Agency that the construction of the new hospital building is expected to be completed in April next year.

Sabando said the city’s new medical center, considered as one of the biggest vertical projects of the Quezon City government, will feature, among others, a 40-bed emergency complex, 26-bed intensive care unit, eight-bed operating room and other state-of-the-art facilities and amenities.

About 1.2 hectares of QCGH’s land area has been set aside for the construction of the new building. It is found along Seminary Road near EDSA.

Sabando said when the new building becomes operational, the old building will become the Medical Arts Building (MAB) and out-patient department (OPD).

The old building used to be the San Jose Seminary of the Society of Jesus (SJ) congregation of the Catholic Church. It was acquired by the QC government in 1966 under then Mayor Noberto S. Amoranto.

The city hopes to provide the city’s poor with affordable and state-of-the-art medical care with the proposed transformation of the QCGH, Sabando said.

“Modernization of the city-run hospital also includes the acquisition and purchase of much-needed equipment and facilities, which include CT computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),” Sabando said.

Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte wants to increase investments for primary health care to further strengthen health services at the barangay level and promote family health and nutrition programs among the city’s poor.

To fully address the health and medical concerns of the public, Belmonte said the city government will prioritize the building of modern health facilities in the city.

Although there is already a sufficient number of public hospitals in Quezon City, Belmonte said the city still needs to construct more advanced medical health centers to cater to even the most sensitive illnesses of local residents.

Belmonte said he has consulted with his men regarding the prospects of building more health care facilities in areas of the city where there are scarce or no regular health centers available.

The Quezon City mayor said although generally Quezon City has a "terrific health care facility presence," there is still an urgent need to construct government health care units in some areas to provide medical attention to residents especially during emergency cases.

Belmonte directed Department of Engineering chief Joselito Cabungcal to coordinate with concerned local health officials regarding the construction of a three-storey building at the back of the Novaliches District Hospital.

With District Two accounting for more than 50 percent of the city’s population, Belmonte has expedited plans of constructing a state-of-the-art hospital on Commonwealth Avenue in the vicinity of Area Seven. (PNA)

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