City to put up gov’t run hospitals PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 16:02

To address the needs of the people in far-flung barangays, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos yesterday announced that the city government has already appropriated sufficient funds for the construction of government run-hospitals called BEMONC (Basic Emergency and Maternity Obstetric and Newborn Care).
Agbulos said the City Engineer’s Office is now in the process of coming out with a common structural design and engineering requirements for the three BEMONC to be established in the strategic places in the city, which are all outside the city proper.

In order to cater to the health care needs of the residents in the east coast, one BEMONC will be put up somewhere in Barangay Sangali. The two others are in Sacol Island and in Ayala in the western part of the city.

Agbulos said the government has already indentified the areas in the three mentioned barangays where to build the government-run emergency clinics with physicians, nurses and other personnel manning them 24 hours

In Sangali, Agbulos said the abandoned building, which is supposed to be used as Vocational Technical School of the TESDA, will either be utilized as the BEMONC Clinic or a new building will be established.

District 1 Councilor Melchor Rey Sadain has expressed full support to the establishment of city-run hospitals and has asked the present administration to fasttrack its implementation since budget has already been appropriated for the purpose.

Sadain reacted to a radio report yesterday morning where a Barangay Tanod of Dulian, Upper Bunguiao was declared dead on arrival at the Zamboanga City Medical Center with multiple stab wounds in the body.

The victim’s family claimed that if not because of the distance from Bunguiao to the hospital, the victim might still be alive.

Dulian, Upper Bunguiao is more or less 50 kilometers away from the city proper.
“There is really a need to put up city-run hospitals in these areas. We have been talking about this thing long time ago. But I wonder why it is not being found in the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) or in Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP),” Sadain said.

Instead of constructing parks and other projects that have no direct impact to the people, Sadain said the construction of government run-hospitals with complete E.R (emergency room) facilities might surely be appreciated by the taxpayers.

Sadain expressed willingness to sponsor an ordinance for the construction and operation of the government-run hospitals that would be put up as announced by the the City Health Officer. — Jimmy Villaflores