EDITORIAL| Better services

THE CONVERSION of the Davao Regional Hospital into the Davao Regional Medical Center is something that must provide hope to the people of the region, particularly the poor.

The Davao Regional Medical Center, located in Tagum City, is the second medical center in the region, the other being the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

But even before its conversion last week, the hospital has been providing services that only the medical center can provide, said Gealth Assistant Secretary Romulo Busuego, its director. Its conversion would mean its number of beds is increased to 600 from 200, but Busuego said it has been catering to even more number of patients.

The hospital is also known for its better services and state-of-art facilities as it is one of the few hospitals owning a 128-slice computer tomography scan machine, a machine that even privately-owned tertiary hospitals have not bought.

The hospital has been heavily investing on these facilities so that it can provide better services to its patients as it has encouraged, especially the poor to become members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. for them to be able to benefit from government services.

The hospital, known for its being efficient as well as clean unlike other government hospitals that have been hurled with criticisms, is also home to the only cancer center in Mindanao. The cancer center, constructed about three years ago, is also one of the best in the country.

Even Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, who was the guest of honor during the program held for its conversion, was impressed at how efficient, well-managed and aesthetically the hospital is.

Guingona even said that he will persuade those people in his province, Bukidnon, to patronize the hospital in case they are suffering from illnesses that smaller clinics are finding difficult to attend to.

Busuego, who is supposed to retire in October but has been convinced to stay longer especially by local chief executives, said the conversion of the hospital will allow it to provide services better than what it is providing now as he expects additional budget and personnel to come with its evolution.

Truly, the Davao Regional Medical Center is one of the few gems in government healthcare system.

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