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Ecleo claims that Dinagatnons require a second-level hospital.

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A provincial bill that will create a level 2 hospital in the province of Dinagat Islands was passed on Thursday by the House Committee on Health.

Rep. Alan Ecleo of the Dinagat Islands District remarked, “We applaud Chairperson Rep. Ciriaco Gato Jr. and the members of the Committee for understanding the urgency and importance of this issue.”

Ecleo is the primary author of House Bill 0320, which aims to create Ruben E. Ecleo Sr. Hospital, the province’s first level 2 hospital.

All of the Dinagat Islands’ current medical facilities, according to Ecleo in his statement at the sponsoring event, are on an infirmary level, forcing Dinagatnons “to face a long and risky journey to seek out competent health treatment elsewhere.”

A level 2 hospital includes all the components of an infirmary level status along with extra amenities including intensive care units for really ill patients and doctors who specialize in pediatric and gynecological treatment.

Dinagatnons must drive between 1.5 and 4 hours to access the essential medical and hospital services because the province lacks a level 2 facility.

According to him, Surigao City is home to the closest level-2 hospital to Dinagatnons.

Depending on how close one is to the harbor and the weather, it can take anywhere between 1.5 and 4 hours to travel to Surigao City, according to Ecleo.

Worse, patients who require surgery and must travel from Surigao City to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City for an additional eight hours, he continued.

The facility would “cater to a larger variety of health care needs of the province,” the Department of Health stated in support of HB 0320 earlier.

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