June 23, 2021

Buluan hospital’s expansion has been pushed forward

Nine legislators from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) submitted a bill on Wednesday requesting that the Buluan District Hospital (BDH) in Maguindanao province be upgraded to a Level II hospital with a capacity of 200 beds to accommodate additional patients.

Member of Parliament Khadafe Mangudadatu wrote BTA Bill No. 92, which aims to improve the BDH in Buluan town, which is presently functioning at Level I and has a capacity of 75 beds.

Lawyers Raissa Jajurie, Jose Lorena, Nabil Tan, Paisalin Tago, and Omar Yasser Sema, as well as Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas, Abraham Burahan, Ziaur-Rahman Adiong, and BTA Speaker Ali Pangalian Balindong, all support the bill.

Under Presidential Decree 503, the BDH, one of Maguindanao’s eight government hospitals, was founded in 1975 as a 25-bed emergency hospital.

The former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Regional Legislative Assembly passed the Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 308 in 1982, elevating it to a district hospital with a 75-bed capacity.

The hospital, according to Mangudadatu, serves the cities of Buluan, Datu Paglas, Pandag, Mangudadatu, and General Salipada K. Pendatun.

He said, “It also serves poor patients from the neighboring provinces of Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato.”

Despite the fact that the hospital has served an equivalent of a 100-bed capacity throughout the years, Mangudadatu claims it is still understaffed, comparable to a 25-bed institution.

He said, “We, as the people’s parliament, cannot turn a blind eye to the terrible sacrifice of our medical professionals.”

In order to meet the demands of the public, he added, BDH employees will work longer hours to compensate for personnel and other service facilities shortages, particularly during the pandemic.

“In order to expand the hospital’s bed capacity, the number of medical staff must also be increased,” Mangudadatu added.

The law also requires the Ministry of Health-BARMM to oversee and supervise the development and renovation of hospital facilities and services.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Buluan hospital

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