BAGUIO CITY, June 9 (PIA) -- The new Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Urban Planning vows to support the planned expansion of the 115-year-old Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito committed to back the expansion and development plan of the BGHMC which caters to the Cordillera region and nearby provinces in Northern and Central Luzon.
As the chair of the Committee on Health, Ejercito is making the rounds of government hospitals in the country to look at the real situation of the health facilities and the health sector and how to improve it to help provide the health care needed by Filipinos.
During the consultation dialogue attended by BGHMC and Department of Health-CAR officials, Medical Chief Dr. Ricardo Ruñez Jr. stressed that there is a need to expand the bed capacity and develop other facilities of the BGHMC.
In 2016, the BGHM had a 115.32 percent of occupancy or more than 37,000 admissions. The hospital also recorded 308,231 patients served by the outpatient facility and 113,720 emergency room patients.
The hospital also needs additional manpower to further improve their services to the patients, Runez said.
During his visit to the BGHMC, the Senator took time to personally visit the patients in their hospital beds and see for himself how the patients and the hospital are keeping with the situation. He went to the charity ward and saw patients along the hallways. He also visited the emergency room and the other facilities of the hospital.
“Upon looking at the situation of the BGHMC, its patients and its facilities, kailangan talagang bigyan ng priority ang expansion ng BGHMC,” said Ejercito.
“Ang mga kama at pasyente nasa hallway na, ung iba tabi-tabi na ang kama. This is not a healthy set-up,” he stressed.
Runez informed the senator that the 500 bed capacity Tertiary Medical Center is being planned for expansion to at least 800 bed capacity. But the proposed expansion is being hindered by informal settlers who now occupy an estimated 120,594 square meters of the hospital’s lot area of 24.5 hectares.
To address the issue on the informal settlers, Ejercito said he will ask the National Housing Authority for possible funding for housing infrastructure in order to relocate the informal settlers, but with cooperation from the local government to identify a relocation site.
Ejercito also vowed to study and defend BGHMC’s budget proposal during their hearing. The tertiary hospital’s budget comes from the national government. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)