Bacolod council mulls primary healthcare center

Photo shows the Bacolod City Government Center illuminated at night. The structure is popularly known as the “NGC,” or the New Government Center among Bacolodnons. WIKIMEDIA

BACOLOD City – The city council here recently approved on first reading the measure that would create a primary healthcare center and appropriating the necessary funds for its construction.

Councilor Al Espino, author of the proposed ordinance, said the healthcare center shall be established in villages that are strategically and geographically situated as to cater other nearby areas.

Espino cited the influx of patients in the Corazon Locsin Memorial Hospital (CLMMRH) in this city.

He said that it is high time for Bacolod to create a primary healthcare center that will help decongest the inflow of patients treated in public hospitals, particularly in the CLMMRH. 

“Thus, it is the primordial concern of the city to aid the said public hospital in providing an efficient and effective health care towards it constituents,” he added.

According to Espino, the establishment of the health centers will cater to diseases/illnesses that are prevalent in barangays such as fever, diarrhea and pulmonary diseases that can be treated outright without the need of the patient to be admitted directly to the hospital.

The establishment shall have 15-20 hospital beds with complete staff, equipment and facilities to accommodate the needs of the patients, Espino noted./PN

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