Pangasinan Provincial Hospital exceeds patient-capacity by three-folds

September 5, 2013 9:24 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 4 –The Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) in San Carlos City has exceeded its patients by three-folds since the start of this month.

Dr. Policarpio Manuel, PPH chief, said the hospital is now providing healthcare services to over 500 patients despite the fact that it was approved by the Department of Health (DOH) as only 150-bed capacity.

Governor Amado Espino Jr. said this is attributed to the fact that more and more people of Pangasinan were going to the PPH nowadays because of its improved facilities and state-of-the arts facilities as compared from before.

Espino also denied there is inadequacy of medicine in the PPH.

At the same time, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ana Ma. Teresa de Guzman said the provincial government recently hired 35 additional doctors for the 14 public hospitals of the province including the PPH to provide a better round-the-clock health care service.

She said they are still hiring additional nurses, pharmacists and other personnel.

"All the 14 public hospitals in the province are now hospitals of choice”, De Guzman added.

As to medicines, De Guzman stressed that the provincial government has even doubled up the supply of medicines in all the public hospitals in accordance to the national guidelines of all hospitals.

She added that the PPH through its eight pharmacists provides about 8,000 prescriptions daily.

At the same time, she said if in any case a PhilHealth-bearer patient purchases prescription drugs from other pharmacies, "our hospital (PPH) will refund the money", said De Guzman. (PNA)

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