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Senate committee chair vows to prioritize BGH’s expansion
by PIA

FOR BGH EXPANSION -- Sen. JV Ejercito and Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Medical Chief Ricardo Ruñez inspect the facilities of the hospital and to look into the condition of patients last week. The senator vowed to support BGHMC’s expansion and development so that the hospital could cater to more patients. -- Redjie Cawis

 

The new chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Urban Planning vowed to support the planned expansion of the 115-year-old Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito committed to back the expansion and development plan of the BGHMC.

BGHMC caters to patients not just from the Cordillera but also from other regions in north and central Luzon.

As the chair of the Committee on Health, Ejercito is visiting government hospitals nationwide to check on the situation of health facilities and how to improve them.

In a dialogue attended by BGHMC and Department of Health-CAR officials, Medical Center Chief Ricardo Ruñez, Jr. said there is a need to expand the bed capacity and develop the other facilities of the BGHMC.

In 2016, the BGHMC had a 115.32 percent occupancy rate or more than 37,000 admissions. The hospital also recorded 308,231 patients served by its outpatient facility and 113,720 emergency room patients.

The hospital also needs additional manpower to further improve its services, Ruñez said.

During his visit to the BGHMC, Ejercito visited the patients to assess how the patients are and how hospital staff members are coping.

He went to the charity ward and saw patients along the hallways. He also visited the emergency room and the other wards 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, ‘yung iba tabi-tabi na ang kama. This is not a healthy setup,” he said.

Ruñez informed the senator that the 500-bed capacity tertiary medical center will expand to at least 800 beds. 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 relocation, but with cooperation of the local government, which should  identify a relocation site.

Ejercito  also vowed to study BGHMC’s budget proposal during their budget deliberation and if needed, would help in justifying the need for a bigger budget.


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