BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) -- The Lower House unanimously voted for the approval on third and final reading the bill that seeks to increase the bed capacity of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC).
“This bill would mean additional facilities, equipment, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals for BGHMC. More importantly, this would greatly help our people to avail quality and effective health services,” said Baguio City Representative Mark Go who authored the bill.
“The hospital’s annual statistics report reveals that every year, the hospital exceeds its bed occupancy due to its volume of admission. In 2015 alone, its bed occupancy rate has reached 133.92 percent with a total admission of 37, 022. In the following year, it exceeded 144.17 percent of its normal occupancy rate admitting a total of 37,577 patients,” Go explained.
A provision of the proposed measure states that the existing service facilities and professional health care services of the BGHMC shall be upgraded to conform with and commensurate to the proposed increase of bed capacity.
According to the Department of Health, the current ratio of bed capacity to population in Cordillera Administrative Region is 1:918 compared to the 1:800 standard ratio in the Philippines. Also, the BGHMC is complying with the mandate of a tertiary hospital and that the DOH is in current review of the master site plan to assess the utilization of the hospital’s existing buildings.
Go has been emphasizing the urgency to increase the bed capacity of the BGHMC to further enhance its capability of delivering public health services. BGHMC, designated as a referral center of the North, serves patients not only from the City of Baguio and its neighboring provinces in the Cordillera but also from Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley and even from nearby Central Luzon provinces.
Last year, Senator JV Ejercito who heads the Senate Committee on Health, vowed to support the improvement of the BGHMC after he visited and saw for himself the real condition of the hospital where corridors of the medical wards were occupied by patient beds. Redjie Melvic Cawis (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)