District doctors reshuffling necessary – ISPHGS Chief Talaga

VIGAN CITY – You have not seen your chief district hospital lately? It’s because he has been assigned to somewhere else.

Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital Gabriela Silang Chief Trina Tabbuga Talaga said it was necessary to reshuffle the different district hospital doctors in the six district hospitals of the province so they can share their expertise to their new areas.

“The main purpose of the reshuffling is for them to share their skills, knowledge and practices in the area where they are assigned so that we can improve our services to the people,” she said during a Kapihan Iti Amianan Media Forum held at her office over the weekend.

Currently, there are 6 district hospitals in the province, one infirmary and one general hospital.

 The doctors recently reshuffled and their new area of responsibility are: Ronaldo Tobias – Narvacan; Federico Anaen, Jr. – Salcedo; Osias Jacer – Tagudin; Leticia de Vera – Magsingal and Susan Seguban who is assigned in Sinait. Of these 6 district hospitals, the Salcedo District Hospital is the smallest with only 15-bed capacity.

During the interview, all six doctors said that the most common illness treated in their respective hospitals nowadays is Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) most probably caused by the sudden change in temperature.

Talaga also said that the target date for ISGHGS to advance from Level 2 to Level 3 is this 2019 with the construction of a 5-storey medical arts building worth P67 million which will rise soon within the ISPHGS compound. It will have private rooms and medical laboratories for cardio-pulmonary diseases and dialysis.

“This medical arts building will somehow help in augmenting our income because we already incurred a P14 million loss in 2014 and has ballooned to P70 million in terms of services, products, medicines and supplies,” she said.

With the passage of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill, Talaga expects the losses to rise.

“Actually, even before the passage of the UHC, we are already practicing its provisions through our zero-billing system,” she said.

The doctors also explained the reason why there is lack of anti-rabies vaccine supply nowadays.

“There is lack of supply because the supplier is also the supplier of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine,” Anaen said.

Talaga also reiterated that traditional herbal medicines are okay and that lots of medicines sold in pharmacies today actually comes from these herbal plants. She cited lagundi among others.

She also encouraged the public to give their suggestions on how these hospitals can improve their services.

The ISPHGS is a government hospital under the Ilocos Sur Provincial Government. It is already modernized with medical equipment and services such as X-Ray, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, endoscopy, neurosurgery services, mammogram, EEG for the brain and newborn screening among others. Just recently, it has been licensed by the Blood Bank as the only blood bank to supply blood for the
province. ●