Puericulture Center turns 90 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 October 2011 16:25

The Zamboanga Puericulture Lying-in Maternity Hospital (ZPLMH) yesterday celebrated its 90th anniversary as a non-stock non-profit organization whose aim is to assist the government in the delivery of basic health services to the people.

Activities started with a thanksgiving mass in the morning followed by a free clinic and distribution of wheelchairs to its members. The search for Miss Little Puericulture Center was conducted later in the afternoon.

It was through a presidential proclamation by the late President Ramon Magsaysay that a lot in the heart of the city was purchased purposely for Puericulture Center.
Because of the sterling performance of its officers and board of directors led by its president Dr. Rodel M. Agbulos, the former Puericulture Center is continuously expanding services by catering to local residents not only on health services but also in education.

Only this year, the hospital has extended its primary school outside the hospital compound when it purchased a lot at Estrada Street, Tetuan. It is now called as Puericulture Learning Center.

First, it started with only 20 pupils but after its expansion, ZPLMH is at present educating almost 500 pupils.

For a couple of years now, ZPLMH was able to send abroad several of their graduates from Puericulture School of Allied Medicines which offers care-giving courses.
“All these things are being done to sustain the operation of the hospital which is a charitable institution,” Dr. Agbulos said.

Through the social fund of Senator Manuel Villar, the hospital management is coming up with the construction of the second floor of one of its building where to house the operating and the delivery rooms.

The former congresswoman and mayor Maria Clara Lobregat was responsible in turning the center into a hospital. Other elective officials like Congressman Erbie A.Fabian, Congresswoman Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and Mayor Celso Lobregat were also responsible in upgrading its facilities.

According to its president Dr. Agbulos (who happens to be the City Health Officer), the center was operating with only six personnel (2 doctors, 2 midwives and one nurse) when he assumed office in 1984. Agbulos has been the president of ZPLMH for 15 years now.

Agbulos has practiced his profession at the Puericulture Center right after he graduated the medicine course in 1983.

From 5 medical personnel, the hospital is now being manned by more or less 68 employees including doctors, nurses, midwives and office workers. — Jimmy Villaflores