Porac hospital gets P10-M pulmonary ward

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ian Ocampo Flora

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Jose Songo Lapid District Hospital (JSLDH) in Porac town now has a P10-million pulmonary ward.

Yesterday, Department of Health Central Luzon (DoH-3) director Leonita Gorgolon turned over the symbolic key to Governor Lilia Pineda in simple rites at JSLDH, witnessed by Mayor Condralito dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David, along with 2nd District Board Member Salvador Dimson, Jr., former Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon and Councilor Mark Valencia.

The facility, according to Pineda, will greatly improve the services of the district hospital and bring in more local patients. This, as she issued a marching order to hospital officials and employees to accommodate as many local patients as possible, to decongest other hospitals in the City of San Fernando.

“We have enough district hospitals to accommodate the needs of our constituents,” Pineda said, adding that the provincial government is doing all it can to beef up services and improve hospital facilities.

Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Mar Jaochico disclosed that the pulmonary unit “is necessary to isolate patients with tuberculosis.” He said that the unit could also be used to treat chronic pulmonary cases such as emphysema and choric obstructive pulmonary disease.

Pineda expressed gratitude to the DoH for the “sustained projects and programs for Pampanga reaching at least P1 billion.” She noted that there will be more and bigger DOH programs to come from 2014 until 2016.

Recently, the construction of the main building of the district hospital was funded by the office of Senator Lito Lapid using at least P25 million from his priority development assistance fund, with the help of the DoH’s counterpart budget of P10 million.

Pineda cited Lapid, a native of Porac, for extending funds to upgrade the JSLDH into a 48-bed Level 1 hospital, from a 25-bed facility.
The governor stressed that among her long-term health care plans is to establish pulmonary units in all the 10 district hospitals and one provincial hospital in Pampanga, adding the district hospitals in Floridablanca and Magalang already have their respective pulmonary facilities.

JSLDH chief Dr. Abenir Tungol, said that the hospital has “all the necessary medical services, plus nine doctors ready to serve residents of Porac and nearby towns like Flordidablanca and Sta. Rita. He furthered that medical facility treats between 30 to 40 patients per day and the newly improved facilities of the hospital could very well accommodate the increasing number of those needing immediate health care. (With Jovi T. De Leon)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 20, 2013.

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