The Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital Behavioral Care Center, formerly the Talay Mental Hospital and the NOPH psychiatric ward, is becoming a world-class facility, because of collaborative efforts of the provincial and city governments, the church, civic organizations and the private sector.
The latest benefactor, William Leahy of the St. Timothy Church in Florida, USA, recently transformed the facility into a very habitable and beautiful place. Leahy said when he arrived at the place with Fr. Jun Limbaga of the Diocese of Dumaguete three months ago, the facility was a picture of a very unhappy place, not one to be proud of. So he painted the dirty white paint, and black bars with colorful paints.
The colors used are the same used in a place in San Miguel, Mexico, a world heritage city. It was not just painted but everything was cleaned, toilet bowls were provided in isolation rooms, and presentable toilets for the use of everybody.
Leahy noted what is happening in the city and the province where all the sectors collaborate and work together for the benefit of those needing help, unlike in other countries. He said he considered the newly-renovated and renamed Talay Rehabilitation Center a world-class place where people care for people, and it is not about money, but about love, kindness, and giving.
In his message at the blessing of the renovated facility, Gov. Roel Degamo reiterated his commitment of support. In fact, P2 million had been appropriated for the construction of additional wards inside the facility, he said.
Degamo’s priority upon assumption of office was health, so he established the Central Block Building in spite of political problem. The Central Block Building is now equipped with an oxygen generating plant, and high-tech equipment at par with private hospitals in the region.
Degamo said he want poor Negrenses to avail of the services offered only in private hospitals, at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital Behavioral Care Center, and he has designated Glenda Basubas as a resident psychiatrist.
Mayor Felipe Remollo said, the institution should continue to be a community effort between Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, the private sector, and civic organizations, including the church.
The city’s contribution to the facility is the provision of six nurses and personnel to make sure the “boarders” are taken care of. He said that, aside from the building, what is more important are the technical people who run the institution. Remollo is also responding to the request of Degamo for an additional psychologist or psychiatrist for the facility.
There are now about 76 residents at the Talay facility. Remollo said he has guests from Manila, who are suppliers of solar panels who are doing corporate social responsibility work in the city, and he was able to get their assurance to put up solar panels in the facility, not just in public elementary and high schools in the city.*JG
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