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City hospital to have add’l wards

COUNCILOR Maria Lourdes Gaane, chair of the City Council committee on health and sanitation and health insurance, is pushing for the construction of additional wards at the J.R. Borja General Hospital.

This, after the committee discussed the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Health and the city government covering the P198 million project for the completion of the J.R. Borja General Hospital.

During the meeting, Orvil Cuerquiz of the JRBGH said the contractor of the project is already set for the construction and only waiting for the Memorandum of Understanding. The draft memorandum will be submitted to the City Legal Office for further review, he added.

After the completion of the building, the hospital will be able to accommodate more than 400 patients.

Gaane said the construction of the wards should be prioritized since the JRBGH lacks service wards.

“I’m very particular with the service wards considering our hospital has only 100 beds as accredited by DOH and PhilHealth. But we are catering to 300 patients unsaon man nato paghatag og quality health care kung wala ta’y wards,” Gaane said.

It was learned that because of the lack of wards at the JRBGH, some patients are forced to transfer to other hospitals.

For his part, Allan Fernandez of the City Administrator’s Office suggested to also include in the design the provision of wards for senior citizens at the first level for their convenience. (sp)

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