HEALTH Undersecretary Dr. David Lozada confirmed Tuesday the Department of Health will allocate P2 million for new beds at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH).

Lozada said Health Secretary Enrique Ona ordered the Assistant Secretary for Finance of the DOH to allocate the budget.

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Lozada said Ona was disappointed to see the situation in CLMMRH during the latter’s recent visit because hospital standards were way behind other DOH regional hospitals.

The health secretary wanted those dilapidated beds to be replaced with new ones, Lozada said.

Ona even saw three patients occupying a single bed, Lozada added. He also ordered fast-tracking of the completion of the pay ward, which is undergoing construction and wants the outpatient department to be improved into two storeys.

Meanwhile, a Hospital Board was created to spearhead the modernization of CLMMRH.

The board will be composed of the DOH Secretary himself as the chairman; and the board members will include the DOH regional director, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Bacolod lone district Representative Anthony Golez and the Chief of Hospital. Fatima Lacson and Millie Kilayko will represent the civil society.

Officials of the Philippine Hospital Association of Negros will also be invited so they could choose their representative in the hospital board.

Meanwhile, Lozada said Ona was “very impressed” with the Provincial Government-run Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)