P64-M Cotabato hospital annex

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: The P64-million annex building for North Cotabato Provincial Hospital here has been completed and now operational after inaugural rites commemorated Thursday by officials, health workers and guests.

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North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza graced the inauguration and urged health workers to be more efficient in healing patients, especially the poor with the use of enhanced equipment provided in the new building.

The 64-million construction cost was shouldered by the Department of Health and the provincial government at P54-million and P10-million, respectively.

The new building is located a few meters from the hospital main building inside the capitol complex at barangay Amas here. It has four private rooms, 19 semi-private rooms, six wards (10-patient capacity each), four major operating rooms, three nurses stations, watchers lounge and a prayer space, covering a total of 131 beds.

During Thursday’s inauguration, present officials, health workers and visitors lauded the realization of long-dreamed regional hospital outfit.

In Mendoza’s speech, she said the completion of the new building and its operations would boost her administration’s “serbisyong totoo” campaign to bring North Cotabato to greater heights.

DOH-Region 12 Director Abdullah Dumama assisted the lady governor in turning over the new building to the management of the provincial hospital under Dr. Eva Rabaya.

An enabling bill has been pending in the House of Representatives. In an earlier interview with The Manila Times, Gov. Mendoza said she favored the move to further expand the operations and coverage of the provincial hospital.

Former North Cotabato (2nd District) Rep. Bernardo Piñol Jr. filed the bill after the Cotabato City Regional Hospital had been elevated to a medical center, leaving Central Mindanao without a regional hospital.

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