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The Senate approves an upgrade to the provincial hospital in NegOcc.

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Representative Jose Francisco Benitez of the Negros Occidental Third District applauded the Senate’s passage of House Bill (HB) 10463, which will expand the bed capacity of the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City.

“We appreciate Senator Bong Go’s support. In a statement, he added, “Our bill is getting closer to becoming law.”

HB 10463, which intends to raise the hospital’s permitted number of beds from 100 to 300, according to Benitez, whose jurisdiction covers Silay City, is a crucial move that will improve the hospital’s capacity to meet the health care needs of Negros inhabitants.

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, head of the committee on health and demography, presided over a public hearing on Tuesday that approved the proposed legislation.

According to the bill, existing professional health care services and facilities at the provincial hospital would be improved to correspond to and be comparable with the increased bed capacity.

The current workforce, which includes doctors, nurses, and support staff, will be expanded as well.

The province government created a molecular laboratory at the hospital during the Covid-19 epidemic to undertake reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) studies.

The Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases, a PHP100 million infectious disease facility, is also being built at the hospital site, with assistance funding from the Department of Health Facilities Enhancement Program through Go’s office.

Go stated in a statement that while the number of Covid-19 cases is declining, the country must still be prepared for future pandemics.

He believes that building and improving hospitals should be viewed as an investment in health rather than a cost.

“Because of our disregard in our healthcare system’s capacity, we had trouble during the early stages of the epidemic.” He went on to say that the national and local governments must work together to provide financing for much-needed health services.

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