PGMA to lead soft launch of geriatric center

May 15, 2010 11:02 pm 

MANILA, May 15 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead at 10 a.m. on Sunday the blessing and soft launching of the Dr. Eva Macaraeg-Macapagal National Center for Geriatric Health (NCGH).

The geriatric health center will serve as the country’s premier specialty center for providing better healthcare for senior citizen. There are 8.7 million Filipinos aged 60 and above as of 2007 and increasing at a rate of 2.3 percent annually.

Formerly called the Singian Hospital, a Chinese-run hospital which was later converted into Tahanan ng Masa by former President Joseph Estrada, the Dr. Eva Macaraeg Macapagal (NCGH) is located on Gen. Solano St. in the San Miguel district of Manila.

The geriatric center is a 50-bed hospital facility on the second and third floors and a research, medical records and training center on the fourth floor. The ground floor will be a receiving area and emergency room (ER).

It is estimated to cost P100 million.

The hospital will be under the management of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, pending the enactment of House Bill No. 6245 entitled “An Act Establishing the Dr. Eva Macaraeg-Macapagal National Center for Geriatric Health (NCGH)” into law. (PNA)

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