Oliver Bugarin 18 0 0 3 min to read

Bacolod City will add extra medical personnel for its nine new clinics.

Greg Gasataya, a representative for the Lone District, announced on Thursday that the city administration would hire more doctors to staff the nine new health centers that will open in various barangays.

Five of the nine health facilities that he requested be erected through the Department of Public Works and Highways have been finished, and work is still being done on the remaining four.

“Doctors from the city will travel. On the sidelines of the Department of Health’s “PinasLakas” launch at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State University Alijis campus, the mayor (Alfredo Abelardo Benitez) directed the city health officer to hire more doctors for the health clinics.

The 61 villages in the city’s barangays, which are the largest, include Punta Taytay, Cabug, Mansilingan, Taculing, Villamonte, Felisa, Banago, Mandalagan, and Montevista.

“These will all be working by the end of the year, probably. The installation of the equipment will also be facilitated by the city. If more is required, we will only ask the government for it, Gasataya added.

He added that he also discussed with Benitez his suggestion to assign doctors for daily duty, not just once or twice a week, adding that the opening of the new health centers will bring the government’s healthcare services closer to the populace.

“Residents wouldn’t have to visit the City Health Office or hospitals if they needed a medical checkup. They only need to visit the closest barangay health facility. As far as feasible, regular daily doctor assignments should be made to the health centers, he advised.

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