Lingayen- - - All the chiefs of hospital in the province were one in saying that the full development and transformation of all provincial government-owned hospitals in Pangasinan were done under the administration of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.
In the Lingguhang Talakayan sa Kapitolyo, the 14 chiefs of hospital came in full force to personally attest that the major development on health care services of the province took place during the two and a half years of Gov. Espino contrary to the persistent claim of the past administration as aired in their latest radio advertisement that all the developments happened during their tenure.
Dr. Jackson Soriano, Chief of Pangasinan Provincial Hospital, said that within the two and a half years since Gov. Espino took over as the chief executive of Pangasinan in 2007, all hospitals underwent major reforms in terms of infrastructure, health or clinical equipment, diagnostic services and personal services, as well. “The governor was deeply involved in the planning and implementation of such projects,” he also said.
Dr. Soriano likewise said that with the transformations, all 14 hospitals have increased their bed capacities to accommodate more patients especially from the marginalized sector of society. This, he added, is the main concern of Gov. Espino since he assumed his post in July 2007 to meet the needs and demands of indigent Pangasinenses.
“Pinakamalaking bagay ang medication services at professionalism ng mga empleyado na pangunahing nag-aatract ng pasyente, pangalawa ang ay orderliness at cleanliness ng ating mga hospitals,” Soriano said.
Contrary to what other quarters say, Dr. Soriano cited that “hindi lang pintura ang nabago kundi nagpatayo din ng bagong structure gaya ng on-going construction ng emergency room complex at diagnostic center sa PPH.
He also said that all community hospitals were already upgraded with the addition of new buildings specifically in Bolinao, Pozzorubio and Dasol.
The district hospitals he further said will also undergo major development to serve more indigent Pangasinenses. “The people can see the changes and they can even attest to what is happening at present,” he disclosed.
Dr. Soriano said the governor’s vision to make the PPH as the benchmark of his health thrust by transforming it into a medical center will soon be realized with all the developments taking place.
Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, on the other hand, said that the government hospitals are public service facilities. Even those paying patients, according to him, can avail of their basic facilities which are now comparable with the private owned hospitals in the province even as he disclosed that all 14 hospitals have upgraded their bed capacities to accommodate more patients every day.
Baraan cited that for all the improvements of basic infrastructure facilities in Pangasinan, the province has spent almost P1 billion, out of this, P159 million was spent for the upgrading of hospitals.
The DOH, he added, gave P40 M which is now being used for the improvement of Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital while almost P11M fund given by the NDCC during the devastation of typhoon Cosme was used for the rehabilitation of hospitals which were affected by the deluge.
”Provincial hospitals are public service facilities where the poor usually go,” Baraan said as he mentioned that even the well-offs are now patronizing the government-controlled hospitals because of their upgraded health services which can now be at par with other private hospitals in Pangasinan.
As regards to hospital income, Baraan said that the patronage of the well-offs mean additional earning for the province while the income from the indigent patients come principally from the capitation fund and reimbursements from PhilHealth.
With all the on-going construction of more buildings, Dr. Jovencio Tumbaga, Chief of Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital, said that hospital services are not affected or disrupted as he added that the public is welcome to visit their hospital to see what is really happening there.
Dr. Julian Rose, Chief of Umingan Community Hospital, stressed that from the negative impression on the government hospital during the past administration were erased by the major reforms introduced by the present administration not only thru infrastructure development but with the various services rendered.
“Dati ang tawag sa ospital namin “Medikill.” Ngayon nagbago na. This is mainly because of the major reforms launched by Gov. Espino. Dati hindi halos makita ang ospital namin dahil sa madilim pero ngayon maaliwalas na kahit brownout maliwanag at may generator pa” he said.
Dr. Franklin Sable, Chief of the Mapandan Community Hospital, revealed that in his many years with the provincial government it is only Gov. Espino who visits their hospital. “Four governors na ang dumaan since my stay with the province at si Gov. Espino lang ang gobernador na nakabisita at bumibisita pa din regularly sa amin. Unannounced pa ang visits niya kung minsan,” he cited.
All 14 hospitals undergone continuing physical rehabilitation, and are now equipped with air-conditioned wards, stand-by generators, better diagnostic capabilities, and some re-conditioned and some new ambulance units.
The recorded increase in the individual bed occupancies of all hospitals ranges from 57% to 123% in 2007 to 127% to 168% as of December 2009. This means that not one among them is operating below 100 % capacity.
Aside from the 14 chiefs of hospital, other department heads were also present during the Lingguhang Talakayan and shared their individual insights and testimony on how the present administration launched several reforms in their respective departments or divisions. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)