GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 June) — The city government has expanded the services of the city hospital here as it completed the initial phase of the continuing rehabilitation and development of the facility.
City Mayor Ronnel Rivera earlier led the reopening of the city hospital’s intensive care unit and obstetrics and gynecology (OB-Gyne) ward after months of major structural renovations and other related improvements.
The mayor said they finally reopened the ICU to patients from the city and the neighboring areas after not being used for nearly a decade due to the lack of equipment and maintenance problems.
He said the facility can now accommodate three patients with severe general or surgical cases.
It is equipped with three modern ventilators, 12 infusion pumps, and electro cardiogram machine and several other necessary apparatus, he said.
Rivera said they also restored the services at the Ob-Gyne section after completing its expansion to two wards.
He said they have increased the capacity of the OB-Gyne section to 63 beds from the previous 36 so it can serve more patients.
Rivera said they prioritized the renovation and expansion of the two facilities to help address the overcrowding or congestion at the city hospital.
He noted that it is not uncommon for three patients to share a single bed due to the lack of necessary facilities and equipment.
“I’m much downhearted every time I see two to three patients share a single rusty bed just to get medical treatment. So when I assumed as mayor, I made it a priority to address that problem,” he said.
Along with the physical improvements at the city hospital, the mayor said efforts are also underway to help improve its administrative functions.
He emphasized that proper hospital management is a key towards a satisfying public health service.
“Modern facilities and equipment would be useless if we don’t have responsible and excellent people to administer, guide and manage our undertakings,” he said.
In line with this, he said they had sought the help of the Department of Health’s hospital management information system bureau to help the hospital in computerizing its transactions.
“This is part of our continuing advocacy towards health care accessibility, especially for the poor. Rest assured that we will continue with these initiatives to further improve the city hospital’s operations and service delivery,” he added. (MindaNews)