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Duterte wants to improve and responsiveness of the healthcare system.

MANILA, Philippines — On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to improve the country’s healthcare system till the conclusion of his tenure.

Duterte made the pledge at the San Lazaro Compound in Sta. Cruz, Manila, where the new Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital (DJFMH) was inaugurated.

“With fewer than two months left in my term, I can’t afford to waste time or resources as we work to deliver on our promise of a better, more responsive healthcare system across the country,” he said in an address to the medical community.

Duterte expressed confidence that projects like the DJFMH, which was recently inaugurated, would have a “long-lasting, beneficial” influence on Filipinos.

He also expressed gratitude to the Department of Health (DOH), as well as the DJFMH’s management and personnel, for constructing a “new and improved” hospital.

Duterte also expressed gratitude for the “heroic” actions of health personnel in the fight against the coronavirus sickness in 2019. (Covid-19).

“[I] urge healthcare staff to stay committed to their great mission of improving people’s health and saving lives. Your efforts, particularly during the last two years, have been absolutely heroic “he stated
The advent of the Covid-19 has pushed Duterte’s administration to ensure that the country’s healthcare system is “functioning and responsive,” according to him.

“You have the Filipino people’s entire support and forever thanks. Man, ako. Salamat. Before I forget, salamat sa gobyerno sa tulong ninyo. Tayo, nagtulungan sa Covid-19 (I also appreciate your assistance to the government.) We assist one another in the fight against Covid-19) “The health personnel were told by Duterte. “Let us remember those lessons so that we might better serve our people.”

During the event, Duterte unveiled the project marker, which signifies the project’s completion.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, DJFMH Medical Center Chief II Dr. Esmeraldo Ilem, and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go accompanied Duterte.

The DJFMH, which was originally located on Lope de Vega Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila, has been relocated to the San Lazaro Compound, which is close to the DOH Building.

The new hospital will have an 800-bed capacity and will include outpatient services such as molecular laboratory, X-ray, mammography, blood donation, and consultations.

In the future, it is expected to offer more services such as MRI, CT scan, dialysis, minimally invasive surgery, and a variety of laboratory tests.

By virtue of Republic Act (RA) 11223 or the Universal Health Care Act, the hospital, which is known for providing maternal, neonatal, and child health services to the public, will also function as the Apex Center in Reproductive Health in the Healthcare Providers Network (HCPN).

It will also establish a Maternal-Fetal Intensive-Care Unit (MFICU) to promote fetal growth in the womb, reduce NICU admissions, and improve neonatal survival. Human milk banks and complete family planning services are also promoted by the institution.

The DJFMH’s School of Midwifery, which is commemorating its 100th anniversary this year, has begun face-to-face classes, as well as other training programs, in the new building.

Hospital construction and conversion

Meanwhile, Duterte approved legislation authorizing the conversion and construction of additional hospitals.

RA 11715, signed by Duterte, transforms the Cotabato Sanitarium in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, into a general hospital. The Cotabato Sanitarium and General Facility will be the name of the renovated hospital.

Duterte also signed RA 11718, which establishes the Northwestern Cagayan General Hospital, a tertiary general hospital in Abulug, Cagayan.

The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Daraga, Albay is likewise converted into a general and specialist hospital under RA 11719. The Bicol Regional Hospital and Medical Center will be the name of the facility.

Following the signing of RA 11720, a new general hospital in Bocaue, Bulacan, to be known as the Joni Villanueva General Hospital, would be erected.

In addition, RA 11721 calls for the construction of a general hospital in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, to be named as the Northeastern Misamis General Hospital.

According to RA 11722, the Sulu Sanitarium in Jolo, Sulu will henceforth be recognized as the Sulu Sanitarium and General Hospital after it was turned into a general hospital.

The Western Visayas Sanitarium at Santa Barbara, Iloilo, is likewise being turned into a general hospital and called the Western Visayas Sanitarium and General Hospital under Republic Act 11723.

RA 11725 was signed by Duterte, making the Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, a tertiary hospital. The Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center is the new name for the renovated hospital.

Bed capacity has been increased.

In addition, Duterte approved legislation expanding the capacity of three hospitals.

Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro City’s bed capacity will be increased from 600 to 1,200 beds under RA 11716.

Duterte approved RA 11717, which increased the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center’s bed capacity from 1,200 to 1,500 beds in Cebu City.

Following the signing of RA 11724, the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union will raise its bed capacity from 300 to 800 beds.

The laws were signed on April 29 and made public on Wednesday.

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