Iloilo City gov’t mulls 50-bed hospital

first_imgThis project is a priority because the COVID-19 pandemic may likely take longer to contain, he stressed. Aside from COVID-19, the testing laboratory may also be used for dengue and human immunodeficiency virus tests, he added. He did not say how much would be allocated for the hospital construction but for the COVID-19 testing laboratory the city government has a budget of between P15 million to P20 million, including already the reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine. “The health facility will be a big help to our residents, particularly in times of emergencies. They can seek treatment faster,” Treñas added. Five months ago, in February, Treñas led city government officials in inspecting a possible site for the proposed Iloilo City Hospital in Barangay Hinactacan, La Paz district. It was unclear as of this writing if this was the same project which the mayor now wanted to build in Molo. The city government was then looking at acquiring a 1.5- to two-hectare lot in the barangay. “Waay pa kita sang vaccine. Kadaku sang bulig kon may ospital kita. Ang mga pumoluyo ma-atipan gid naton,” said Treñas. The city government having its own COVID-19 testing laboratory would hasten the release of test results, said Treñas, pointing out the sluggish work at the Western Visayas Medical Center’s sub-national laboratory in Mandurriao district. The place, said Treñas, already had a cemented farm-to-market road. ILOILO City – The city government plans to build a 50-bed, three-storey hospital in Barangay San Pedro, Molo district adjacent to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing laboratory that it is currently constructing. “We need to identify and check the viability of the location. The hospital will cater to our people and communities and far-flung areas, unlike other barangays which are near the city center,” said Treñas in February. According to Mayor Jerry Treñas, the hospital would be “about 2,000 square meters” wide. This proposed 50-bed capacity hospital would be funded by the Department of Health with about P159 million./PNlast_img read more