San Joaquin’s hospital gets P1.1-M aid-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
ILOILO – The newly established Mother and Child Hospital in San Joaquin town received a P1.1-million aid from Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. to sustain its daily operation.
Defensor gave the donation in check to San Joaquin Mayor Eduardo Servidad during his short visit at the Provincial Capitol recently. The turnover was witnessed by Board Member Ninfa Garin of the first district.
Servidad explained that the donation would be for the maintenance and operation of the hospital, particularly in the procurement of additional equipment and supplies.
“This is timely since we ran out of budget to sustain the hospital’s needs until the year ends. Thank you governor for your support,” Servidad told the press in an interview.
The Mother and Child Hospital in San Joaquin was built three years ago through the efforts of then Congresswoman Janette Garin, now Health Undersecretary
The project aims to reduce, among others, neonatal and maternal mortality in the town and improve people's access to basic health services.
Before the hospital began operating, patients from San Joaquin had to travel more or less 20 kilometers to reach the Rep. Pedro Trono Memorial District Hospital in Guimbal.
The ten-bed hospital has three resident doctors and a pool of volunteer nurses. It is also the first hospital that is owned and operated by the municipal government in the province. (PR)