A request has been made for an increase in the bed capacity of four provincial government hospitals in Negros Occidental to meet the growing number of patients in the province, Leonardo Eusebio, Hospital Operations Department head, said yesterday.
Eusebio said the request made by the Hospital Operations Departmentwill need the approval of the Provincial Health Board headed by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Eusebio said they are aiming to tap funds provided for under the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act for the expansion plan.
They are aiming for the expansion of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City from 100 to 500 beds that would place it at Level Three. That would make it a teaching and training hospital, which can then accept residents, he added.
They also recommended an increase in bed capacity at the Cadiz District Hospital in Cadiz City and Lorezo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City to 300 beds each, and the Valladolid District Hospital in Valladolid town to 200 beds, he said.
The increase in bed capacities is needed to provide quality care amid a growing population, he said.
This will also mean an upgrade in facilities, equipment and personnel, he said.
He noted that provincial government hospitals have been losing nurses to better offers abroad, but replacements have also been available.
The upgrading of the other provincial government-run hospitals will follow after the first four, Eusebio added.*
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