BANGUED, Abra, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- The Abra Provincial Hospital finally gets Department of Health accreditation that standardizes the quality of health care in both public and private hospitals in the country.
With the persistent reforms initiated by the Provincial Government of Abra to improve the hospital services, APH finally passed the criteria of the DOH for granting accreditation to operate and attend not only to primary health care needs but also to more complicated cases.
In the past, the APH was a constant subject of criticism by discontented patients who complain of poor service delivery system that include lack of medicines and medical supplies and inadequate laboratory and other hospital facilities.
The criteria for the DOH accreditation include among others, the proper staffing of the hospital which involves the employment of medical doctors, nurses and other clinical and laboratory personnel who are needed in the hospital operation; the implementation of the “no balance billing” policy of the PhilHealth relative to the use of PhilHealth cards of patients, and granting of the Environmental Compliance Certificate by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the use of a CT Scan.
Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos always stressed to the APH staff headed by Dr. Maria Cristina Cabrera the need to be more diligent in their health service delivery whoever their patients are.
Bernos likewise encourages the public to report to her directly or to Dr. Cabrera, their complaints against erring hospital staff in order to be addressed appropriately and immediately. (JDP/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)