CATBALOGAN CITY- The expansion of the Samar Provincial Hospital (SPH)is being considered by Governor Sharee Ann Tan due to the increasing number of patients seeking medical help to said hospital.
This was revealed by Dr. Maribeth Pedrigal, provincial chief of hospital, who said that the current bed capacity of the hospital could no longer accommodate the increasing number of its patients.
SPH is 100-bed capacity hospital but the number of its clients or patients almost double from what they could originally serve, Pedrigal said.
Since Gov. Tan assumed her post in 2010, she made sure that all the necessary assistance like additional equipment and even funding be provided to the provincial hospital as well as to the district hospital of the province, she added.
And as part of the improvement of the hospital’s services, the number of doctors was increased to 25 from the previous eight.
Pedrigal added that aside from the plan to expand the hospital building, the provincial government is also keen in achieving the Millennium Development Goal in addressing problem on maternal and child mortality and eradicating rabies problem.
The hospital official said that through the support of Gov.Tan, the province of Samar is now second in the implementation of No Balance Billing of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).
NBB is a program of the national government were patients with Philhealth cards admitted in hospital will no longer pay or be charge on its medical and surgical cases under the case rate package schemes. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)