THE City Council of Cagayan de Oro approved on Monday’s regular session the establishment of a Turkey-grant state-of-the-art international hospital at Barangay Lumbia.
Dubbed as Cagayan de Oro International Hospital, the said establishment will stand in a six-hectare private lot in Lumbia and will include a geriatric hotel and a shopping center. The hospital amounts to 350,000 euro or P5 billion.
The proposed project shall "cater delivery of health care and services, job opportunities in the city, and forecast increased local revenue of Cagayan de Oro."
The hospital will accommodate 300 patient beds, 200 care beds, 45 intensive care unit beds, 15 beds for cardio ICU units, 35 neonatal ICU unit, nine operation rooms, five cardiovascular surgery rooms, five birth rooms, two angio laboratory, a general laboratory, and including 150 polyclinic.
“This in turn shall benefit to the people and residents of our city,” councilor Lourdes Candy Darimbang, chair of the committee on tourism, said.
"There will not be a single cent that will be spent by the government for this project,” Darimbang added.
The state-of-the-art establishment will be first in the country, and aims to boost the influx of clients and patients not just in the city, but for the whole region.
Councilor Dante Pajo, chair of the committee on health and sanitation, said the project will make the Cagayan de Oro the center of health services soon.
Pajo said that with the City Council’s approval, the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) will start transacting the funds from the Turkey philanthropists this week.
“There are about 300 beds intended for our indigents, with free medication para sa ila tanan,” Pajo said.
Pajo added that it will also help improve the employment rate in the city since it will hire not only local doctors in the country but also foreign ones.
“The Department of Health already vowed to help us facilitate this new development in our city. I believe our highly-urbanized Cagayan de Oro is capable for this big change coming very, very soon,” Pajo said.