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Dumaguete City, Philippines Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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P36M oxygen facility
construction to start

An oxygen generating plant, worth P36 million, will soon rise inside the compound of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in Dumaguete City, and its completion is expected in time for the full operation of the Central Block Building in March, Gov. Roel Degamo said yesterday.

Present during the groundbreaking ceremony for the plant's construction were NOPH head, Dr. Henrissa Calumpang, provincial engineer Franco Alpuerto, and Board Member Erwin Michael Macias, whose late father started the construction of the CBB.

Degamo said he continues dreaming for the betterment of Negrosanons, especially the poor who cannot afford to stay in private hospitals. His first dream was to complete the Central Block building, which is the brainchild of the late governor, Emilio Macias II.

At the start of his term, Degamo promised the people of Negros Oriental that he will support the good programs of previous administrations, and one of which is the construction of the CBB.

Another wish made come true for the province is the construction of the Out Patient Department, worth P80 million, funding of which comes from the Department of Health.

In her recent visit to the city, Department of Health Secretary Janette Garin confirmed to the governor that the Magnetic Resonance Imaging is expected to arrive before the scheduled full-blast operation of the Central Block building next month. The MRI is worth about P65 million.

Also coming are six digital x-ray machines for the district hospitals in the province. The ventilators will arrive in April, as well as the incubators, an ultrasound machine, and the construction of a dialysis center at the NOPH.

Garin also said the DOH will turnover for use in the Central Block building the C-arms for orthopedics.

A C-arm is a medical imaging device that is based on x-ray technology and can be used flexibly in various ORs within a clinic. Mobile imaging systems are an essential part of everyday hospital life. It will provide high resolution x-ray images in real time, thus allowing physicians to monitor the progress at any point during the operation, and immediately make any corrections that may be required. Consequently, the treatment results are better and patients recover more quickly while hospitals benefit from costs saved, through fewer follow-up operations and minimized installation efforts.

The MRI is a test that uses magnetic fields and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives different information about structures in the body that can be seen with an x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography, or CT, scan.

With all these sophisticated hospital equipment, Degamo said hospital services at the Central Building will now be at par with other private hospitals in the province.*JG


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