Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday disclosed plans to expand the Calatrava District Hospital from a 10-bed health facility into a 25-bed Level 1 hospital where surgical operations can be performed and emergency cases can be accommodated.
In a surprise visit to the hospital Saturday afternoon, Marañon, was told by local officials that the health needs of the municipality’s population of 105,000 people will be addressed properly if the facilities are expanded, a press release from the Capitol said.
Once operational, with a surgeon assigned to the CDH, patients who are not extreme cases will no longer have to be transported from Calatrava to other hospitals in Bacolod City or in Silay City, that are overbooked facilities, the press release added.
“That is a very positive development,” Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco said, on the initiative.
Additional area required for the CDH expansion is not a problem as former town Mayor Fernando Leonor explained to Maranon that the LGU, during his incumbency, had acquired a property of more than one hectare beside the hospital.
The CDH currently has three doctors, Ellen Lumano. Reggie Horario and Gabby Palacios, chief of hospital.
Marañon also inspected the Vicente Gustilo District Hospital in Escalante City Saturday, the press release added.*