Thursday, July 16, 2009

Prov’l Gov’t hospitals provides therapeutic surroundings

LINGAYEN – Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. led the blessing of the administrative building of the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) last June 29 in its effort to make public hospitals a healing place not just through medical means but also through therapeutic surroundings.

“Siguro naman pag pumasok ang pasyente dito he will say: ‘I’m gonna get well in this hospital’,” the Governor said.

Espino quipped that the provincial government-owned hospitals which he had seen in June 2007 appeared to discourage a patient to seek medical treatment as they might have said: “I’ll die tomorrow if I stay here.”

“We wish to give them some thing that will soothe their feelings not only due to physical health but also in their state of mind. Let us help them by showing them at least a clean physical infrastructure and fresh air here in your hospital,” the Governor stressed.

According to the governor, seven dilapidated buildings were already demolished inside the PPH and new buildings are being constructed as replacements. This includes the first government-owned dialysis center which will soon be available to the public to offer a much lower medical fee for indigent patients.

The backfilling operation of the provincial hospital renovation alone, has already consumed 976 10-wheeler trucks of sand and gravel, he said.

Aside from the improvement in physical structures and facilities, the governor also commended the renewed mindset and culture of the hospital staff.

“I’m happy to see the nurses are now in uniform and they are wearing their caps,” as he recalled that there was a hospital staff before instigating not to wear uniform.

He also called on the highest chief of the hospital down to the lowest utility workers to uphold professionalism, dignity and self-respect as public servants.

He added that the poorest Filipinos in Pangasinan are the poor who are sick in the province. This is the main reason why health care is one of his top priorities.

Meanwhile, PPH Chief, Dr. Policarpio Manuel, affirmed that it is not only cleanliness that has been changed in the institution but also discipline and work habits even as he stressed that “bawal ang tamad at suplado.”

These great changes according to Manuel caused the increase in the number of patients of the hospital.

He likewise cited various projects of the governor that have been completed and are still being undertaken at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in San Carlos City.

“Magdadalawang taon palang ang ating gobernador pero malaki na po ang naibigay sa atin,” Manuel further commented citing that the Admnistrative building as well as the Dialysis center are a dream come true. (PIO/Ninia F. Nicolas & Chona C. Bugayong).

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