By Jezza Nepomoceno
ILOILO – A team of experts from Seoul, South Korea are now in this province to start the installation of P40-million worth of hospital equipment for the three remote hospitals assisted by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
These are Manufacture Team Manager Shim Seung-Bo, Overseas Business Team Manager John Moon and Sales Department Asst. Manager Shin Hyun-Tack of Yuil Corporation.
The three will train the personnel who will operate and maintain the hospital equipment in Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian, Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan and Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial District Hospital in Calinog.
Among these equipment are fetal and patient monitors, ultrasound machines, anesthesia machines, autoclaves, blood chemistry analyzers, mobile x-ray units, generators, and audiometers.
They also bring with them some reagents which will be used exclusively for the laboratory equipment of the three hospitals. KOICA Philippine Country Director Shin Myung Seop issued the Deed of Donation for the said reagents on May 17.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said the equipment are intended for the modernization and delivery of comprehensive emergency maternal obstetric and newborn care.
The assistance is still part of the $7-million aid of KOICA for Iloilo’s Geographically-Isolated and Disadvantaged Area Health System Strengthening Project, he explained.
According to Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, KOICA may turn over the buildings it constructed to expand and improve the state of the government hospitals by June 2016.
With the assistance of KOICA, a 50% reduction is expected in the hospitals’ infant and maternal mortality rate or from 39 to 20 deaths per 100,000 cases, increased contraceptive prevalence rate from 35% to 65% and health facility delivery from 65% to 80%.