Bill upgrading hospital approved-A A +A
Monday, August 8, 2011
THE House of Representatives approved a bill converting the Eversley Childs Sanitarium in Barangay Jagobiao, Mandaue City from a 50-bed hospital to a 100-bed hospital.
House Bill 1801 was approved on its third and final reading and scheduled to be transmitted to the Senate for deliberation and sponsorship.
Rep. Gabriel Luis “Luigi” Quisumbing (Cebu, sixth district), the main proponent of the
bill, said he was happy with the development.
Quisumbing said the bill was the first that he filed since becoming a representative of the Cebu’s sixth district last year.
Aside from converting the Mandaue City-based leprosarium into a 100-bed hospital, HB
1801 will also upgrade the hospital’s service facilities and professional healthcare.
The bill will convert the hospital from a level 2 secondary category general hospital into a level 3 secondary category hospital.
Quisumbing earlier said there is a need to increase the hospital’s capacity since not only Mandaue City residents benefit from it but also constituents from the neighboring northern Cebu towns.
He said upgrading the former leprosarium into a 100-bed capacity hospital will make it more accessible to people who cannot afford the services of a private hospital.
In the bill’s explanatory note, Quisumbing said that according to the data released by Ibon Foundation last year, there are only 13 hospital beds for every 10,000 people in the country.
The data also showed there is only one government doctor and seven government nurses and midwives for every 30,000 people.
Built in 1932, the Eversley Childs Sanitarium operated as a leprosarium.
In 2000, former representative now Lapu-Lapu City Councilor Efren Herrera sought to convert the leprosarium into a 25-bed capacity hospital.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 08, 2011.