THE Cagayan de Oro City Council on Monday, September 25, approved the construction of health facilities in the villages of Tablon and Lumbia worth P50 million.
City Mayor Oscar Moreno proposed for the establishment of the two infirmaries which he said will “improve the health care delivery system of the city.”
Ma. Lourdes Gaane, chair of the city council committee on health and sanitation, said the construction will start within the year after the City Engineering's Office finalizes the plan and design of the infirmaries.
"Dili man pwede na basta lang ta magtukod ug building diha (We can’t just build a structure right away). This should be in accordance with the standards of Department of Health (DOH) para ma-approve pud ug masuportahan nila atong operations (So our operations will be approved and supported)," she said.
Gaane said each infirmary will have 25 beds for the patients.
Gaane said the construction of these facilities will help address the congestion of JR Borja General Hospital, and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), both located in the city.
"This is a big step for the City Government to help our congested health facilities in the city," she said.
"Mayor Moreno proposed this kay ang uban (because sometimes) for instance, naay accident didto dapit sa Tablon or Bugo ba kaha, layo naman kaayo na idagan pa nimo sa city hospital or NMMC (There is an accident in Tablon or Bugo, it’s quite far to bring them to the city hospital or NMMC), so para quicker travel time, they can be admitted for the meantime in the infirmaries for first aid treatment," she said.
"Ang ato lang target is para lang ma-cater lang level 1 cases, like ang mga wounded, para naay immediate treatment (Our target is to cater level 1 cases, like the wounded, so there would be an immediate treatment), and they do not need to go to the main hospitals in the city anymore," Gaane added.
Aside from building new health facilities, the city government is also expanding the city hospital. The City Government has started the demolition of the old entrance of the city hospital.
A North Wing Building will soon rise at the site of the hospital’s old entrance. The new building will cost about P70.5 million, under the Health Facility Enhancement Program of the DOH.
The new three-story building will house the hospital's business office, offices of the hospital's different departments, and a modern outpatient department.
The improvement of health facilities of the city is one of the priority programs of the City Government which envisions Cagayan de Oro as becoming the “Medial Center of Choice” in the whole Northern Mindanao region.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 29, 2017.