Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar S. Moreno
Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar S. Moreno

Provincial Governor Oscar S. Moreno led the inaugural ceremonies of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital-Balingasag yesterday here.

Governor Moreno was joined in by Department of Health (DOH)—10 assistant regional director Jose R. Llacuna Jr., provincial vice governor Norris C. Babiera, Balingasag mayor Alexis S. Quina, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Northern Mindanao regional operations head Brig Agcopra, provincial health officer Ignacio B. Moreno, and MOPH-Balingasag chief of hospital Ramon M. Nery in the ceremonial ribbon cutting and in the unveiling of the marker.

These, even as Reverend Father Nilo Aguiman, parish priest of Balingasag, officiated the blessing rites of the newly constructed structures and facilities as well as the rehabilitated buildings of the old Balingasag Medicare Hospital (BMH) that was established in 1974.

The historic occasion was also graced by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) undersecretary Emeterio “Onyok” Moreno Jr., presidential assistant for Northern Mindanao Pacifico “Jojo” Pupos, Misamis Oriental provincial board member Jimmy Caiña, Claveria mayor Redentor Salvaleon, chief of hospitals of six other Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospitals, heads of offices of the provincial government, and municipal and barangay officials of Balingasag.

Ideally situated in a 2.2-hectare land in Barangay 3, the construction and rehabilitation work of the renamed Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital-Balingasag were undertaken in six phases since March 2008, funded by the provincial government through a P20-million loan from Land Bank of the Philippines. It also availed of P816,000 allocation from the 20-percent development fund of the provincial government.

It may be recalled that the Philippine Medical Care Commission-owned and managed BMH was devolved to the local government in 1991, as a primary hospital in the Misamis Oriental Eastern Towns’ Interlocal Health Zone. The BMH was a 15-bed capacity hospital that was manned by three doctors and five nurses which was experiencing a measly occupancy of about five to six patients a day.

Since 2005, the provincial government, upon the insistence of Gov. Moreno, introduced improvement and the occupancy figures started to improve.

“Today, after the provincial government-initiated rehabilitation and improvement, the MOPH-Balingasag has increased its capacity to 25 beds and is on its way towards achieving a 50-bed capacity status. This, after the daily occupancy has been averaging between 40 to 50 patients,” according to Dr. Moreno.

Though the MOPH-Balingasag had its soft-opening three months ago after the completion of the first four phases of rehabilitation and improvement work, the building that houses the hospital’s Operating Room and Delivery Room (OR/DR) has just been completed.

Hence, the MOPH-Balingasag can now claim it has all the facilities and amenities that are required of a secondary (Level II) hospital. These include, among others, an emergency room (ER), an obstetrics and gynecology ward (OB), a pediatric ward, and an outpatient department (OPD), a laboratory, x-ray room, pharmacy, central sterilization room, housekeeping and supply room, and comfort rooms.

Other than the wards for its increasing volume of patients, MOPH-Balingasag has eight (8) air-conditioned rooms for patients who would opt for privacy and those for those, by nature of their diseases, must be isolated from the rest.

To ensure efficient administration, the MOPH-Balingasag has designated offices for the chief of hospital, chief nurse, administrative officer, cashier, and PhilHealth. It also has separate quarters for doctors and nurses. Currently, it has 10 specialized doctors; all of them have undergone residency trainings, and backed by 15 registered and experienced nurses.

These, aside from acquiring a brand new ambulance aside from the unit it has been using in the past five years now.

As a referral hospital, the MOPH-Balingasag caters not only those from the province’s most populous town of Balingasag but also to patients from neighboring areas in eastern Misamis Oriental. (UCQ/Misamis Oriental Provincial Press Office)

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