The City Government will establish of Iloilo City Hospital to cater to the healthcare needs of more Ilonggos. The height of COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgency.
The construction of a 100-bed hospital will be in Brgy. San Pedro, Molo district on a lot overlooking Esplanade 2.
“This is one of our priorities to really bring much improved public health service to the Ilonggos, and to also help decongest the private hospitals of patients coming from the city,” Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said.
The permit to construct the medical facility was already approved by Department of Health; and other documents were being arranged for bidding; then the construction of the structure will follow, said Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna, Focal Person for Covid-19.
“We have already met with our human resource with regard to the number of personnel needed including doctors, nurses and also utility workers,” he added.
Fortuna said it is a Departmentalized Hospital.
“It is a Level 2 hospital. Just like our private and public hospitals we also have OB-Gyne, surgery, pedia, and internal medicine. It is located near the molecular laboratory. At least two to two and a half years hopefully, the City Hospital will be ready to operate,” he stressed.
“If we will only base on our city residents, there are enough beds on the 10 hospitals located in Iloilo City. However, the rest of other provinces also refer patients here because of the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and for tertiary care that provincial hospitals don’t have,” said Fortuna.
The metropolis hosts eight private hospitals and two public hospitals which also attend to patients from all over Panay Island, thus reaching full capacity during Covid surge. (Alexandra Jover/Iloilo City PIO)