By Venus H. Sarmiento, PIA 1, Pangasinan
DAGUPAN CITY, March 15 (PIA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said government will infuse P300 million to construct the main building of the province’s medical center here.
Garbed in his signature yellow shirt, the President flew to this city Friday morning and opened the newly-built P23.9 million-emergency room complex of the Region 1 Medical Center. A marker was also unveiled as a tribute to the state-of-the-art medical facility.
The President said government is prioritizing the facility’s upgrading to provide more rooms for the sick and generate jobs for Pangasinenses noting that at least 166 nurses will be assigned to the center under the RN Heals program.
The P300 million additional fund will ensure that the medical facility can provide all the services that a modern hospital should offer.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo sa patuloy na pakikibalikat ninyo sa agenda ng pag-unlad, (I thank the people of Pangasinan for supporting the government’s development agenda),” the President said.
He said the national government has provided P15 million to complete the rehabilitation of the ER complex under the 2013 Health Facilities Enhancement Program.
The construction of the structure was initially funded from the hospital’s income of P3.98 million; another P5 million from the General Appropriations Act 2010 was later given until the structure was completed.
Built in 1925, the R1MC is the oldest state-run hospital in northern Luzon, according to its website.
It was originally known as the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital with a 50-bed capacity. It was later renamed as Gov. Teofilo Sison Memorial Provincial Hospital in memory of the former governor who donated the building site.
The powerful July 1990 earthquake left the facility badly damaged prompting the government to undertake reconstruction and rehabilitation.
It was then upgraded into a 300-bed capacity medical center and started to officially operate as such in 1997 with the new name of Region 1 Medical Center.
The center also accommodates patients from Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Zambales.
The ER facility was upgraded with modern diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, complemented with trained and experienced staff. It can accommodate 50 patients at a time.
The P23-million project boasts of a sectionalized clinical department, animal bite center, toxicology room, isolation room for highly infectious diseases, satellite laboratory, satellite radiology sections, two operating rooms, one delivery room, resuscitation and counseling rooms, ambulance bay, spacious lobby, modern equipment and instruments and a Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) Operations Center with office and multi-function room.
After the inauguration, the President motored to the CSI Stadia where local leaders and community folks were waiting for a consultation. #(MCA/VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)