ILOILO – The rapid improvement of the provincial hospital in Pototan and 12 district hospitals can now be seen three years after Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. invested over half a billion of the province’s resources to health.
“Gone are the days that our district hospitals are in sorry state. I am pleased that we now have hospitals far better than before,” Defensor said two days after he led the blessing and inauguration of new hospital facilities in Janiuay, Lambunao and Balasan.
Defensor, with the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Raul Tupas, explained that he poured most of the province’s coffers to these hospitals in order to reach one goal – to make these hospitals true hospitals for the poor.
In Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, the province invested P26-million for the improvement of various facilities. A total of P24-million went to Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial Hospital in Lambunao and P28-million went to Federico Roman Tirador Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Janiuay.
The funds were part of the Hospital Efficiency Assurance through Reform and Transformation (HEART), the governor’s flagship program for the advancement of healthcare through better hospitals.
“I know that these new facilities are not enough. We need more medical equipment and customer-friendly personnel. But at least, we are close in reaching our ultimate goal,” he stressed.
Supplying the hospitals with their needed equipment, medicine and staff are the areas that the governor’s administration vowed to work out by next year.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, also the officer-in-charge of Hospital Management Office, said that province will soon equip all the district hospitals with blood refrigerators.
Banias acknowledged that remote hospitals like Balasan should have their own blood station where blood can be made available in case of emergencies.
He also suggested that other district hospitals must emulate the weekly survey of Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial Hospital in Lambunao in order to get the feedback of their clients.
The provincial government of Iloilo is allocating 45 percent of its Internal Revenue Allotment to hospital improvement yearly and P40-million from 20 percent Development Fund. The Magna Carta for health is also in effect in the province since 2012. The province also earmarked P33-million for the enrollment of indigent residents to PhilHealth. #2014News