Candaba set to expand municipal hospital

CANDABA -- The local government here aims to cascade better its health services by expanding the current municipal hospital.

Mayor Rene Maglanque of this town continues to push for the transformation of the community hospital by adding an annex building.

Maglanque said he will upgrade the current 16-bed capacity to at least 50-bed capacity to accommodate more patients, not only CandabeƱos.

"As one community, we will open the hospital to nearby municipalities but our priority must always be CandabeƱos," Maglanque said.

Though fully operational already, Maglanque still plans to enhance the facilities of the hospital particularly the emergency room.

An operating room and other facilities that a community hospital should have will also be added, furthered Maglanque.

Despite being built under the municipal funds alone, Maglanque is now seeking the approval and help of the provincial and national governments to pursue his plan.

"Before yung tulong, approval muna mula sa nakakataas dahil hindi naman tayo gagalaw kung wala silang signal," he said.

Meanwhile, two United States-based private medical practitioners have vowed to provide assistance in the enhancement of the medical institution.

Dr. Jose and Estela Evangelista, a Candaba-native couple has pledged to provide additional beds and medical supplies for the soon-to-be community hospital.

According to Municipal Physician Mel Manimbo, the couple also said they will share on the cost of the construction of the annex building.

The current hospital is classified as a Level 1 hospital or emergency hospital that is primarily handling emergency cases and prevalent diseases in the area.

Once upgraded, Maglanque wants the hospital "to replicate or surpass" the services being offered by neighboring Mexico Community Hospital.
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