Rosal orders faster completion of Legazpi hospital expansion
By Cet Dematera
Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal has ordered the City Engineering Office (CEO) to expedite the construction of the third floor of the city hospital to accommodate more patients as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the region’s capital.
Rosal said that the expansion of the hospital will serve more patients especially those indigent people, as they can only pay minimal fees for medical treatment.
“Once totally finished, this hospital expansion would augment to our urgently needed additional hospital beds and facilities in the middle of this still surging Covid-19 cases,” Rosal said.
City Engineer Clemente Ibo said that the civil works of the P18 million project was already 100 percent completed.
“We will start the construction of the phase-2 after we finish the project plan and other necessary documents”, Ibo said.
Ibo said the construction works of Phase-2 include the construction of 23 to 25 rooms that can accommodate additional 60 beds, three operating rooms and semi-private room, and installation of elevator.
He said that the CEO will fast track the construction of Phase-2 of the hospital expansion so that it would be fully operational by January or February next year.
The hospital is located within the 3,000-square meter lot owned by the city government near the Legazpi commercial district.
Even before the hospital expansion, Rosal said that a new upgraded ultra sound machine has been installed already in response to the requests of several indigent patients.
Legazpi City Hospital is equipped with laboratory, operating and labor rooms including X-ray section; intensive care unit; emergency and recovery; dental clinic and pharmacy, all located on the ground floor of the health facility for easy access.
The male and female wards including pediatric rooms and offices of doctors and other medical personnel are located on the second floor.
“Presently the hospital is serving 35 beds while at least eight of them are for Covid-19 patients”, Rosal said.