KOICA revisits remote hospitals in Iloilo

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


ILOILO – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) sent two construction managers on Monday to revisit the recipients of their Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) Health System Strengthening Project.

Joon Bahng of Hanyang University and Su Chan Lee of Hyundai Asan, an arm of South Korean conglomerate Hyundai Group, will monitor the status of the upgrading of Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog, Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian and Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan.

Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the two made their site visit on Tuesday.

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Before the visit, Bahng and Lee first met with the chiefs of three hospitals – Drs. Edgar Castaños of DRSPSMDH, Paz Calopez of ADH, and Eduardo Diaz of JMCDH – Provincial Engineer Gracianito Lucero, and Hospital Management Office personnel to finalize the details of engineering design for each hospital.
The renovation and upgrading of the three hospitals is expected to commence on October 2014 and will be finished by 2015.

The US$7-million Iloilo GIDA Health Strengthening Project will also improve the maternal and child health index of the province by enhancing the access to basic healthcare services in rural health units of Alimodian, Leon, San Miguel, Calinog, Bingawan, Balasan, Batad, Estancia and Carles.

KOICA has started the delivery of the basic emergency maternal obstetric and newborn care equipment for the nine rural health units last month. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno)

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