MAASIN CITY-The construction of the new Sogod District Hospital building has finally been completed and turned over on February 14 to the provincial government of Southern Leyte.
The new hospital building will soon operate with bigger and more convenient rooms that will serve especially indigent patients in Sogod and nearby towns, being the only government hospital located along Sogod Bay area. There are five private hospitals in Sogod town.
The new hospital building is located just in front of the old hospital building.
Governor Damian Mercado, who received the symbolic key from DRG Construction, urged the district hospital staff headed by Dr. Moises Olayvar, to take care of the patients admitted to the hospital.
He informed them that he does not want to hear from people of any discrimination in treatment especially among the indigent patients.
He also told Dr. Olayvar to always keep and maintain cleanliness of the hospital.
Mercado further said to the hospital doctors to prescribe medicines that are available at the in-house pharmacy.
He added that the provincial government has enough supply of medicines as agreed upon by the therapeutic board of the district hospital.
Mercado said he will not tolerate any issue as to non-availability of medicines at the hospital which will add to the burden of the patients forcing them to buy from their own pockets.
The turn-over ceremony was a milestone in the district hospital development with the participation of Rep.Roger Mercado, Sogod Mayor Imelda Tan, Vice Governor Christopherson Yap and other provincial and municipal officials.
Rep. Mercado emphasized that health services are as important as water, power, education, livelihood and other public services.
He was grateful with the unity of the local leaders that supported in the completion of the project.
Meanwhile, Department of Health 8 representative, Dr. Carmen Garado, urged the hospital management to include in their Health Facility Development Plan the renovation of the old hospital building to ensure funding from the health arm of the government.