Paquibato hospital ‘lacks resources’-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
THERE is lack of human resource at Paquibato District Hospital (PDH), according to the City-wide Investment Plan for Health (CIPH) 2012-2016 of Davao City.
“Based on the PDH statistical report, data showed that from 2006 to 2010, an increasing trend in hospital admissions was noted. From 60 patients in 2006, it went up to 269 patients in 2010. In 2010, the leading causes of admissions reported were: acute gastroenteritis, bronchopneumonia, acute upper respiratory infection and malaria. Bed occupancy rate was 20.1 percent and the average length of stay is 2 days,” the report read.
“This would tell us, that there was a low hospital service utilization in Paquibato District Hospital. This could be attributed to the inadequacy in human resource especially doctor, medical equipment and other supplies,” it added.
The 10-bed capacity of Paquibato District Hospital (PDH) is located in Paquibato Proper. It is a primary hospital that gives free services, free medicines, and hospitalization to the people of Paquibato District.
The services offered in PDH are: consultation, admission, minor surgery, emergency room services, wound dressing, referral and ambulance services, attendant to deliveries, laboratory, and pharmacy services.
Further, the CIPH read that the total number of out-patient services in PDH totaled to 7,598 due to acute upper respiratory infection, wounds (all forms) systemic viral and hypertension.
“With the thrusts of improving access to delivery of health services especially among our indigenous people in the hinterlands of Paquibato, the City Government of Davao thru the City Health Office is on the process of upgrading the hospital to be Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC)-accredited and to be Basic Emergency Management of Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEMONC)-capable facility,” the report read.
It also said: “The DOH through its Health Enhancement Facility Development Program (HEFD) has already appropriated 1.5 million for its upgrading.”
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 16, 2013.