PGIN joins Nat'l Hospital Week celeb


Aug. 06, 2019 ...

More than one hundred health workers from the different hospitals in Ilocos Norte and Provincial Government employees have gathered together yesterday to celebrate the opening of the National Hospital Week at the Provincial Capitol grounds.

This year's theme, "Universal Health Isakatuparan... Pagkakaisa't Pagtutulungan ng Ospital at Komunidad Kailangan," emphasizes on the importance of unity among the government, community, and health sector in attaining a healthy nation.

Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc reiterated his commitment to solving pressing problems of the health system in the province, expressing, "Nakalulungkot isipin na kung sino pa ang mas nangangailangan ng mga serbisyong pangkalusugan ay sila pa ang nahihirapang makakuha nito. [Thus] we pledge to improve, we pledge to equip, and we pledge to better staff our hospitals."

At present, he is examining the allocation of budget for hazard pay of provincial medical personnel and looks into hiring additional medical personnel to address staff shortage.

Furthermore, the Provincial Government is coordinating with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for the provision of ambulances to all cities, municipalities, district hospitals, and rural health units.

According to Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, Chief of Medical Professional Staff II at Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC), Ilocos Norte will hopefully open its first cancer center, open heart center, kidney transplantation center, lung center, neonatal centers, infectious disease center, and eye center by 2025.

He urged his fellow medical practitioners to work "proactively" and complement each other to produce "one of the healthiest people in the world".

The celebration started with a motorcade followed by a zumba workout in front of the Provincial Capitol building.

Other activities of the week-long celebration include sports events, dance fitness competition, barangay health workers forum, and quiz bee, among others.

Consignment ordinance to undergo amendments

Gov. Manotoc shared that the Provincial Government is conducting an in-depth study regarding the amendment of the Consignment Ordinance for the proper procurement of medical supplies.

However, he shared his sentiments about its improper usage, saying, "We have our general fund that covers our expenses na hindi po na-cover ng PhilHealth. Our general fund is supposed to kick in covering all those expenses sa mga patients natin. But it is not practiced properly, either the consignment or the general fund so we are looking ways to tighten it up."

He further explained that the province has a shortage in pharmacists who will carry out the consignment system, thus, proposing a medical scholarship program to motivate students to enroll in medical-related courses.

"For the doctors and pharmacists, I'd like to actually start a scholarship especially for the doctors kasi alam natin na kulang po tayo sa mga doctor. For long term siguro, we should have a doctor scholarship wherein we encourage our kailan to enroll in doctor courses and in return, they will render few years of service at our provincial hospitals," he ended.