COTABATO CITY: The provincial government of North Cotabato has set aside about PHP130 million for health facilities and structures, health officials on Monday said.
Jessie Enid, North Cotabato focal person for health, said the Department of Health has already approved the rehabilitation and improvement of North Cotabato health facilities as the need of better and improved health services rises with the growing population.
A PHP80-million two-story building that will house the modern and state of the art emergency room and administrative office was launched over the weekend.
Another P58 million will be used for the procurement of health equipment like ultra sound, upgraded X-ray and anesthesia machine for the operating room of eight district hospital across the province.
The laying down of foundation for the hospital building was led by North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza and Camarines Sur Rep. Lenni Robredo.
Meanwhile, the eight hospitals in North Cotabato’s three districts will also receive facilities that include 45 hospital beds, mattresses and other equipment provided by a private World Medical Relief, Inc. (WMR) based in the United States.
The hospital facilities arrived Sunday and will be distributed to Cotabato Provincial Hospital, Arakan Valley District Hospital, Pres. Roxas Provincial Community Hospital, M’lang District Hospital, Aleosan District Hospital, Dr. Amado Diaz Provincial Foundation Hospital and Alamada Provincial Community Hospital.
Dr. Eva Rabaya, Integrated Provincial Health Officer (IPHO), said the beds and mattresses worth US 5,000, will boost the capacity of district hospitals in the province.
Mendoza vows to further improve health services in the province to decentralized health programs from North Cotabato provincial hospital and capacitate district hospital. PNA