Satellite hospital to operate in Tablon soon

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Friday, January 3, 2014


A SATELLITE hospital in Barangay Tablon will begin its operation soon to decongest the public hospitals in Cagayan de Oro City, a health official said Friday.

Dr. Ma. Belen Pepito-Ligo, City Health Office district II medical supervisor, said the prime advantage of the new medical facility on the city’s eastern area is its accessibility.

“The patients won’t have to go to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). Instead, they will be served here,” said Ligo.

She added that with the establishment of primary hospitals or satellite hospitals in Cagayan de Oro City, the number of patients admitted in public hospitals in Northern Mindanao would be reduced.

Ligo said at present, one of the reasons of the congestion is the minor injuries and minor medical cases that are catered by the NMMC.

“Headache, minor injuries, diarrhea without complications, lacerated wounds, fever, among others, are the cases that probably make our public hospitals congested,” Ligo said.

She said a primary hospital can tend to medical cases that have no complications and first-aids before the patient is referred to tertiary hospitals like the NMMC.

“If there is an accident, we can help stabilize the patient with primary support,” said Ligo adding it depends on the nature of the accident.

She added the primary hospital could also cater cases on pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn), and internal medicine.

Location

Why has Tablon been chosen? Jerry Flores, barangay administrator, said the area is the halfway between Bugo and Cugman villages.

Ligo also confirmed Torres’ answer saying that Tablon is midway between Bugo and NMMC, and there are no public hospitals in between.

Flores added that the need to have a primary hospital in Tablon is important since the barangay has 16 “puroks” (zones).

“Apart from that, it is not only the people of Tablon who will benefit from this. Patients coming from other villages even outside Cagayan de Oro could be brought in the primary hospital for first aid,” he said.

He added the satellite hospital is also good for emergency cases before a patient is brought to the tertiary hospital.

Free

“You cannot say that it is totally free since it belongs to the government,” said Ligo.

She added that the satellite hospital would most probably follow the same protocol as NMMC and other public hospitals in the region.

But if you are a Philhealth member, she said the services are free. But if you are not, most probably you will pay a small amount of fees.

“The satellite hospital is service-oriented,” said Ligo.

Workers

With regard the workers of the present village health center in Tablon, Ligo said they would be retained as workers of the satellite hospital.

There is also a need of more personnel since they lack health workers at present. The health center has only one midwife and a nurse.

“We are suffering because of that, and we need more health workers for the satellite hospital,” she said.

Maricel Bisaya, a resident of Tablon, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that it is good to have a satellite hospital in their village.

Bisaya relies on the barangay health center for her family’s health needs including birth.

“It is good because we don’t have to travel to the (city proper) to avail (of) health services,” said Bisaya.

She added that the public hospitals in the city are congested already.

Recently, the local government of Tablon is working on the water system of the satellite hospital to make it operational.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 04, 2014.

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