Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— The provincial government is building a P100-million Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases which will be jointly funded by the provincial government of Negros Occidental and the Department of Health (DOH) Facilities Enhancement Program through the Office of Senator Bong Go.
A groundbreaking for the construction of the center was held yesterday, September 13, which was led by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and 3rd District Representative Francisco Benitez. The center which will be located within the the compound of Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City will be more equipped to mitigate the COVID-19 threat, and as well as control seasonal outbreaks of dengue, leptospirosis and malaria among others, said Lacson.
The center will also augment the provincial hospital as it can serve both infectious and clean cases simultaneously. It will have its own emergency room, operating room, delivery room, and intensive care unit (ICU) aside from isolation rooms, the governor added.
In a video message, Go said that the project is another testament that both the national and local governments are aggressively responding to address the need to expand medical-related service, and upgrade the health facilities.
Lacson meanwhile extend his sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the good senator for his solid support to this ambitious and progressive project of the province that will bridge critical gaps in our hospital and emergency service. Benitez also thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and Go for helping Negros Occidental to strengthen its health care system.
Also present in the activity were Board Members Ryan Gamboa, Manuel Frederick Ko, Araceli Somosa, and Andrew Montelibano, Provincial Administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, TLJPH Chief of Hospital, Dr. Mary Ann Maestral, and Capitol departments heads and chiefs of provincial government-run hospitals.