GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The city government is pushing for the acquisition of more modern equipment for the city hospital to complement the ongoing expansion of its facilities.
City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said during a multisectoral forum at the city gymnasium Thursday that the additional equipment will be purchased in time for the targeted completion later next year of the initial phase of the planned five-story building of the local government-run Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital.
He said the new building will mainly house a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, additional operating room complex, labor and delivery rooms and other specialized units.
The required medical equipment includes an ultrasound machine, X-ray system, anesthesia machine, incubators, vaginal delivery machine, and other surgical instruments.
The city government started last September the construction of the first two levels of the building, which has an allocation of around PHP81 million.
The entire project, as earlier reported by the city hospital management, has a projected development cost of PHP200 million.
The city hospital management originally designed a two-level structure, but Mayor Rivera personally pushed for its expansion to five levels.
It said the completion of the project will eventually increase the hospital's capacity to 200 beds.
The mayor said these projects are mainly aimed to fast-track the upgrading of the city hospital’s classification, which is currently accredited by the Department of Health (DOH) as a Level 1 facility.
He said they are currently working with the DOH for its accreditation as a Level 2 hospital.
“The city council has already approved the Level II organizational structure of the city hospital,” the mayor said.
Although operating as a first level hospital, Rivera said the facility already has its own dialysis, mammogram and radiology centers.
Being a Level I facility, he said its budget and facilities are limited only to 100 patients.
“That (100 patients) is the ideal number but the hospital is actually serving more than 400 patients a day. So, we are over-serving by 305 percent,” he added. (PNA)