P200-M cancer center for Mindanao to rise in Davao Norte

August 29, 2010 1:47 pm 

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Aug. 29 — A P200-million building Cancer Center for Mindanao will soon rise here as additional service of the 200-bed capacity Davao Regional Hospital (DRH).

DRH chief of hospital Dr. Romulo “Mulong” Busuego said the groundbreaking of the cancer center was recently held along with the inauguration of newly completed neurological surgery and OB-gyne building of the government hospital with Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona leading the occasion.

Busuego said the rise of neuro-surgery and OB-gyne building and the start-up construction of the cancer center building have marked another milestone in the 41-year history of the hospital.

DRH started as a small, poor provincial hospital in 1969 and which now stands as a regional-level, 200-bed capacity hospital serving an increasing number of patients through its grown-up services and hospital facilities that are comparable to the best private hospital standard in this part of the country, he said.

In last year’s count alone, he said, DRH served over 87,000 patients primarily from its catchment area of Davao del Norte and secondarily from the radiation area of Compostela Valley and even from far-flung provinces of Davao Oriental, Agusan and Surigao.

He said from a poorly servicing ‘hospital of the last resort’, DRH has become a ‘hospital of results’ when it boasts to have the sustained capacity of being a remaining kidney transplant hospital in Mindanao while the rest die out of operations.

DRH, most logistically beefed since 1988 or 21 years under the leadership of its fourth chief of hospital Dr. Busuego, a recognized master fund raiser, has now other specialty services such as neuro-surgery, which is the first-time in Mindanao’s public hospitals, kiddie surgery, and seven accredited residency programs while it ever aspires to become a center of wellness, mother-and baby-friendly hospital and a premier center of health professional training, research and development.

With the groundbreaking, DRH is now seriously gunning to become also the cancer treatment center in Mindanao.

Busuego bared that P100 million is needed for the building infrastructure while another P100 million is needed for the linear equipment needed to fight cancer disease.

Some P5 million is already infused by DRH for the site and foundation development and initial construction has just started, he said.

The DRH is awaiting the P100-million budget for infrastructure as already identified in the General Appropriations Act of 2010.

Meanwhile, Secretary Ona pledged to support the realization of the cancer center in Tagum City and hailed the strong partnership between the DRH and local government officials and stakeholders in continuing to develop and beef up the hospital.

Through fund raising campaigns and good financial management during his 21 years of serving as DRH’s chief of hospital, Dr. Busuego has managed to construct other buildings, introduce lawn improvements and put up vital hospital facilities that make DRH so different now from its humble origins.

Among which are the two-storey main hospital building, administration building, out-patient department, hemodialysis unit, endoscopic and orthopedic services, computed tomography (CT) scans, five intensive care units (ICUs), emergency room and laboratory.

In 2009, DRH realized a gross income of P89.56 million which funded for its over P33-million maintenance and other operating expenses and P33.6 million capital outlay expenditures on the same year.

The 2009 income came from P89.66-million Philhealth payments, P25.85 million subsidies and donations and P32.4 million DOH budget.

At present, DRH has a 345-person manpower complement of which 161 are nurses and nursing attendants.

In the same year, about 60 percent and 34 percent of DRH patients came from Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, respectively. The rest came from other provinces. (PNA)

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