Capitol to repair all Cebu government hospitals

THE Cebu Provincial Government and the Department of Health (DOH) are looking into repairing all district and provincial hospitals in Cebu after a round-up was conducted by the Public Information Office (PIO).

Jason Monteclar, PIO head, said the move is in accordance with the initiative of Governor Hilario Davide III to look into all health services in the province.

"This is one of the six-point agenda of the governor and is his priority. We are instructed to gather information. And that's exactly why this meeting is happening," he said.

Cebu has 16 district and provincial hospitals; 10 of them have been checked and assessed by the PIO according to their needs and damages.

On Wednesday, a meeting with the DOH and PIO, together with the governor's consultant on good governance and compliance, lawyer Jonathan Capasan, was conducted. Data gathered during the round-up were presented during the meeting.

Monteclar said they found several problems in hospitals in terms of infrastructure, bed capacity and medicines.

"There are a lot of problems that we encounter, apil na niini ang infra, bed capacity. And kana tanan are presented in the meeting, we are looking to address all of it," Monteclar said.

He said Davide viewed the problems as urgent, and asked the public to stop blaming the government immediately.

"The people are putting the blame sa governor without considering other agencies involved here," Monteclar said.

He said there have been newly built buildings in some of the hospitals in the province, but these are not yet available for use because of some technical problems.

"Naa man new infrastructure, pero dili gihapon magamit kay naa mga complications, walay kuryente. Ang DPWH ang mu-issue ana. Muagi pa sa DOH, mao nang ma langay na," Monteclar said.

He said there will be a series of meetings in the next few weeks regarding the issues. Among those to be discussed are the total expenses needed to repair all the hospitals.

Monteclar said there is no exact amount of budget proposed yet. (Samuel Carlve Saberon, USJR intern/Sunnex)

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