P900M needed for the city hospital ICU

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

BOTH the workers and management of the City Government-run J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital (JRBMH) are calling for the speedy approval of the 2014 Executive Budget as the row on deliberation between the City Council majority bloc and the executive branch rages on.

The budget approval would mean providing the hospital more services through the establishment of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a JRBMH official said.

In a press statement, Dr. Ramon Nery, JRBMH executive officer, said that included in the 2014 Executive Budget is the P900 million for the purchase of the equipment needed to build the ICU.


Nery said the JRBMH is still a Level 1 hospital and the proposed budget will advance the medical facility to Level 2.

“At present, JR Borja hospital is only accepting ordinary illnesses because it cannot cater those that need the ICU,” said Nery.

He added that since the German Doctors hospital in Cagayan de Oro is terminating its operations, there is a need to develop the city hospital.

Nery added that from January to June last year, the city hospital had been underutilized.

But recently, the bed occupants reached over 100 percent which is higher than the ideal occupancy of 85 percent.

He furthered that from January to June 2013 there were only 4,000 patients, but from July to December it has catered around 6,000 patients.

“The JR Borja Hospital is the only public hospital that serves the city,” said Nery, adding that the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) is a regional hospital.

Nery said the establishment of the ICU is only part of the development the JRBMH needs.

“Other than the ICU, the hospital needs additional equipment and medicines too,” said Nery.

Dr. Charles Marquez, an emergency doctor at the JRBMH, said the health facility needs more nurses and doctors to provide quality service.
Marquez said the hospital also needs electronic hospital information system, medicines and laboratory reagents.

Apart from that, Marquez added there is a need to increase the PhilHealth enrolment for indigent patients.

“The wage should also be on time,” said Marquez.

With these considerations, Marquez added that the proposed budget should be passed to better the hospital and serve the city residents.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 18, 2014.

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