By CHRISTIAN WAKEFIELD, Reporter
THE provincial government of Cebu will soon construct a 100-bed provincial hospital in Balamban town after Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia accepted the deed of donation for the 1.5 hectares currently occupied by the district hospital of Balamban.
Garcia assured residents of Balamban and of neighboring towns that the provincial hospital, with three-storey building and 7,120 total floor area, will be operational before her term ends in 2010.
The current district hospital with only 25 beds and limited hospital and clinical services will be upgraded into a 100-bed hospital capable of serving Balamban and neighboring towns with radiologic service and other amenities that will bring the hospital to a level three hospital.
“It took us sometime to finally make this dream a reality and I thank the people of Balamban for their patience and for believing that this project can still be done,” said Garcia.
Garcia assured that the hospital will finally be operational by 2010, allowing residents of the west coast of Cebu to avail of hospital services in Balamban instead of having to go to Cebu City where the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, a government-owned hospital intended for patience from Cebu province, is located.
Earlier, the Provincial Capitol also announced that it will upgrade the Carcar District Hospital into a provincial hospital for southern Cebu within this year.
Additional personnel, building and equipment will be poured into the facility so it can start operating next year as a tertiary hospital.
The Province will expand the capacity of the hospital, a 10-bed facility, to 100.
Capitol is still studying which hospital in the north will be upgraded. They are now looking at the one in Danao City, but the plan has yet to be made final because of its limited space.
The Carcar facility is spacious as it is located within a property spanning 1.6 hectares. It also has a strategic location and is accessible to many municipalities because it is at the crossroads of Cebu’s southeast and southwest areas.