Re-nationalization of Negros district hospital sought

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Arroyo recently introduced House Bill (HB) No. 6963 for this. She pointed out the re-nationalization of the 25-bed health facility in Isabela town will allow better focus on the provision and improvement of the delivery of health care services and its existing facilities through appropriate funding support from the Department of Health. “Reverting back the Ignacio Lacson Arroyo Sr. Hospital from the local government unit to the national government will pave the way for the development of the hospital in order to continuously provide effective and efficient health care services,” Arroyo said. “Since the decentralization of the health services, ILASMDH has become dependent on the share of the local government units from the 40 percent internal revenue allotment from the national government. It is also worthy to note that the internal revenue allocation of the LGUs is still apportioned to different priority programs of the LGUs,” she said. BACOLOD City – Fifth District Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo of Negros Occidental is pushing to revert to the national government the direct control and supervision of the Ignacio Lacson Arroyo Sr. Medical District Hospital (ILASMDH) currently devolved to the provincial government. “At present, the hospital’s authorized bed capacity and actual hospital bed occupancy rate [are] mismatched,” Arroyo said. She noted that in 1993, the hospital was devolved to the provincial government of Negros Occidental upon the enactment of the Local Government Code aimed at decentralizing essential public services such as health and social services. She lamented that the hospital has only three doctors, and each doctor is being required to go on 24-hour duty nine times a month. “Unfortunately, it has been downgraded from Level 1 to infirmary level and continuous to exceed its standard bed capacity due to the volume of patients,” she said. Arroyo noted that in 2016, ILASMDH served 3,262 indigent patients; 1,183 of them were treated from January to June 2019. HB 6963 seeks to increase ILASMDH’s operating fund, upgrade its medical equipment and facilities, and construct its needed infrastructure. Negros Occidental 5th district Rep. Ma. Lourdes “Marilou” T. Arroyo (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) The bill seeks to “adopt an integrated and comprehensive quality health services that will cater patients in the five municipalities and one city in the fifth district of Negros Occidental as well as its neighboring municipalities,” Arroyo said./PNlast_img read more

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