District hospitals lack docs, medical facilities-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
THE district hospitals located in Marilog and Paquibato are in need of human resources, especially doctors, to attend to the medical needs of its patients which are mostly indigenous peoples.
These two government-run hospitals also lack facilities needed to provide health care services to the patients, according to the City-wide Investment Plan for Health (CIPH) 2012-2016 of Davao City.
The report said that the 10-bed capacity Marilog District Hospital (MDH), located at sitio Kibalang, Barangay Marilog, was built in 2005 and is aimed to make health services available and accessible in the district especially among the indigenous peoples.
"But due to the absence of water and lighting facilities, since then, the same has not functioned as a hospital, but the services are only limited to out-patient services," the CIPH read.
It added: "Aside from this inadequacy, we also lack doctors to run and man the hospital, thus, the OPD services were not sustained and at present it is being utilize as an RHU of Marilog District."
Meanwhile, the 10-bed capacity Paquibato District Hospital (PDH), located in Paquibato Proper, is also plagued with the same problems as MDH.
The CIPH read: "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 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 two days."
"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 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.
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.
Assistance from LGU
The CIPH read that the local government unit is presently considering to make the MDH functional.
"Currently, initiatives are now being undertaken to comply with the inadequacy not only in terms of water & electricity but as well as improvements in the physical structure. DOH through its Health Facility Enhancement Program will provide financial assistance for the upgrading of Marilog District Hospital," the CIPH read, referring to the MDH.
As for the PDH, the report read: "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-accredited and to be Basic Emergency Management of Obstetric and Newborn Care-capable facility."
It also said: "The DOH through its Health Enhancement Facility Development Program has already appropriated 1.5 million for its upgrading.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 18, 2013.