ZCMC lacks 200 medical personnel Print
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:09


The Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) is in need of more than 200 medical personnel to attend to more than a thousand patients seeking medical treatment at the hospital.

The lack of personnel was reported during a dialogue held at the City Council during its regular session yesterday.

ZCMC Hospital Adminsitrator Dr Romeo Ong said that for the emergency room alone, only four doctors and six nurses are attending to more than 200 patients daily.

As a hospital with a 500 bed capacity, the medical center should have a total of 1,489 personnel to attend to patients.

It currently has a complement of 1,171 personnel composed of 224 doctors, 332 nurses, and 615 allied health workers.

Majority or 81.76% of patients come from Zamboanga city while the rest come from Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Isabela city, Basilan.

It is the only teaching and training hospital authorized by the Department of Health (DOH.)

The City Council passed resolutions for the DOH to implement programs to attract doctors to serve in government hospitals.

The Council also resolved to support the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in putting up a medical school.

Other resolutions include the establishment of a hospital in Sangali, providing a special lane for indigenous people and the possibility of assigning 200 nurses to the ZCMC by the Zamboanga local government.  (RGAAGo)